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What’s Jaycee Dugard’s Life Like Today, 10 Years After She was Found Alive?

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On June 10, 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard walked up the hill to her school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, California for the last time. That day, Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy, pulled up beside Dugard in a car. Phillip was on parole after serving less than 12 years of his combined 55-year sentences for kidnapping and rape, and was looking for his next victim. The couple attacked Dugard with a stun gun, abducted her and drove her 170 miles away to Antioch, California. For the next 18 years, the couple imprisoned her in the backyard compound of Phillip’s mother’s house, torturing her with sexual and psychological abuse.

When she was finally freed on August 26, 2009, she was a 29-year-old woman with two daughters—ages 11 and 15—who had spent most of her life in captivity. (Her daughters’ names are not public.) During that time, she only left the backyard compound for certain supervised trips, and then only after the Garridos had spent years terrifying her into obeying them. She didn’t know how to drive and hadn’t seen a doctor since she was 11, not even during her two pregnancies. In fact, for 18 years, the Garridos hadn’t even allowed Dugard to speak or write her own name.

Dugard and her daughters finally gained their freedom thanks to alert police officers Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs at the University of California, Berkeley, who saw Phillip walking with Dugard’s two daughters one day and knew something wasn’t right. During Dugard’s 18 years of captivity, parole officers made 60 visits to Phillip’s house without discovering he’d kidnapped again—even after neighbors reported girls living in his backyard. Thanks to Campbell and Jacobs’ insistence, parole officers finally investigated and discovered the truth. In 2011, Phillip and Nancy received sentences of 431 years to life and 36 years to life, respectively.

Ten years after her rescue, Dugard’s life has changed dramatically. She immediately reunited with her mother, Terry Probyn, fulfilling one of the “dreams for the future” Dugard had written down in 2006 when she was still a captive trying to survive. She’s also checked off almost all of the other dreams on that list: She’s seen pyramids in Belize, ridden in a hot-air balloon, learned to drive, swum with dolphins, taken a train ride, learned to sail an old-fashioned sailing craft, gone horseback riding and written a best-selling book, A Stolen Life: A Memoir (2011). She’s also done some things she may never have imagined, like start a foundation and see Lady Gaga and Beyoncé in concert.

Starting this new life and reuniting with her family has been joyful but also difficult. Dugard and her daughters were traumatized by their captivity and required therapy and support to help them acclimate to their new lives. Using a clinical service called Transitioning Families, Dugard began to build a home for herself and her children away from the rapist who had fathered them and his complicit wife who forced the girls to refer to her as their mother. A lot of this therapy was built around interacting with horses, giving Dugard and her daughters the chance to learn how to ride.

Slowly, Dugard began to move through the life milestones that the Garridos had stolen from her and her children. She moved them into their own house, enrolled her daughters in school and adopted pets that Phillip couldn’t take away, as he often did to manipulate her during captivity. Dugard’s sister Shayna Probyn, who is ten years younger than Dugard, taught her big sister how to drive—a fact that tickled Dugard since Shayna was only a baby the last time she saw her. Dugard earned her driver’s license within a year of her release, and received a gift of a new car from a generous stranger.

Dugard has also gotten involved in helping other survivors and their families. In 2010, Dugard started the JAYC Foundation to serve families like hers who have experienced severe trauma (“JAYC” stands for “Just Ask Yourself to Care”). In 2015, she collaborated with the psychologists Rebecca Bailey of Transitioning Families and Abigail Judge of Massachusetts General Hospital on a presentation critiquing the use of the phrase “Stockholm syndrome.” This phrase refers to a specific incident in 1973 and, they argue, doesn’t actually reflect research about how captive people relate to their captors. In presentations at Yale University and Harvard Medical School and in New Orleans, Dugard and her colleagues argued the phrase is misleading and hurtful to survivors, and suggested a new phrase: “adaptation processes.”

In 2016, Dugard published a second book, Freedom: My Book of First, detailing her life as a free woman. In it, Dugard describes her everyday triumphs and struggles, like trying to live a private life when there is so much media interest in her. In public, she is still nervous that people will recognize her face or her name (though some mistake her for a member of the Duggars, the reality TV family with all the kids). Yet overall, she is very happy with her life, and happy that she and her daughters are finally free.

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Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard said she is “outraged” that one of Elizabeth Smart’s captors is being released from prison years earlier than expected.

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Dugard, who was held captive for 18 years after being abducted as a child, expressed anger over a parole board’s recent decision to release Wanda Barzee from prison. Barzee, 72, has served more than 15 years for helping her husband, Brian David Mitchell, kidnap Smart in 2002.

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“Wanda Barzee is clearly equally responsible for their actions and she should not be allowed to send a message that her actions are excusable,” Dugard said in a statement released Tuesday.

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Barzee originally was set to remain behind bars until 2024, but last week the Utah parole board ruled that the inmate’s time in federal custody should be applied toward her state sentence. That means she will be released Wednesday from prison.

Smart pleaded with Utah authorities last week to reconsider the decision, arguing that her captor remains a danger to the community. Dugard urged officials to listen.

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“Believe Elizabeth when she says this woman is a threat to society. I feel deeply for what Elizabeth is going through knowing this dangerous person is free to walk the streets,” she said.

Dugard was kidnapped at the age of 11 by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and kept in captivity for 18 years. She was raped, handcuffed and gave birth to two girls fathered by Garrido while held prisoner.

She was rescued in California along with her two daughters in 2009.

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Garrido was sentenced to life in prison for kidnapping and multiple counts of sexual assault. His wife, Nancy, was sentenced to 36 years.

Dugard noted in her statement Tuesday that she was kidnapped by Garrido after his early release from prison.

“Wasn’t a lesson learned from my case when Phillip was released from prison early in his first rape and kidnapping conviction? He was then free to take me with his wife’s help,” she said.

Dugard added that she believes Barzee is just as guilty as her husband and “deserves to serve the same amount of time. At the very least she should be asked to serve the time given.”

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In 2002, Barzee and Mitchell kidnapped a 14-year-old Smart at knifepoint from the bedroom of her family’s Salt Lake City home. Smart was raped and tortured nearly every day of the nine months she was held captive. Mitchell is now serving a life sentence.

During a news conference last week, Smart spoke out against Barzee’s impending release, calling her a threat despite the time she has spent behind bars.

“She is a woman who had six children and yet could co-conspire to kidnap a 14-year-old girl. And not only sit next to her while being raped, but encourage her husband to continue to rape me,” Smart said. “So do I believe that she is dangerous? Yes, but not just to me. I believe that she is a danger and a threat to any vulnerable person in our community.”

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2009: When police at UC Berkeley stopped a strange-looking man who was handing out fliers on campus in August 2009, they had no idea they were helping solve one of Northern California’s most haunting crimes.

The questioning eventually led to the discovery of Jaycee Lee Dugard, an 11-year- old girl who had been abducted while walking to a school bus stop near South Lake Tahoe in 1991 and not seen again for 18 years.

Dugard was held as the prisoner and sex slave during those years by Phillip Garrido, a sex offender and drug addict who kept her prisoner – and fathered two girls as the result of his rapes – at a shed outside his home near Antioch.

Her captivity went unnoticed despite regular visits and supervision by Garrido’s parole agents.

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Garrido and his wife, Nancy, kept Dugard’s presence at the ramshackle home a secret, even during a brief period when Garrido was returned to prison and Nancy Garrido kept watch over her.

The discovery that Dugard was alive caused a worldwide media sensation, and drew hordes of reporters to the Garrido home and to Placerville, where the Garridos were jailed to await trial in the bizarre kidnap.

Eventually, Phillip Garrido’s lawyer argued unsuccessfully that he was not mentally fit to stand trial, and after two years of legal maneuvers the couple entered guilty pleas.

Phillip Garrido, now 68, was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison and will never be released. He was housed at California State Prison, Corcoran, though state corrections officials now say they do not disclose his whereabouts because he is a “high-risk, sensitive needs” inmate whose location cannot be disclosed for his own safety.

Nancy Garrido, now 64, is serving a 36-years-to-life sentence at the California Institution for Women in Corona.

Dugard was reunited with her mother and received a $20 million settlement from the state of California for failings by parole agents that allowed her to remain captive for so long. She subsequently wrote a book about her ordeal and founded the JAYC Foundation to help families that have suffered major life trauma.

Her case forced several reviews of how the parole system failed to detect Garrido’s crimes before he walked onto the Berkeley campus.

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Editor’s note: This story was updated Aug. 23, 2019 with the latest information regarding the Garridos.

When Jaycee Dugard was just 11, she was abducted on her way to school by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy. For 18 years, she was held in tents and sheds in the backyard of their California property, where she gave birth to two daughters fathered by Garrido.

Now, seven years after her release, the 36-year-old is rebuilding her life and raising her daughters. One daughter is in college; the other will start soon. And Dugard couldn’t be prouder. “I’m so excited for them and so proud of all the challenges they have overcome,” she told People.

In her second memoir, Freedom: My Book of Firsts, Dugar shares more about her girls, whose names have not been released. “My daughters are both so important to me, and I am so proud of who they are growing up to be,” Dugard wrote. “I’ve done my best to protect them over the years, just like any other mother would do for her kids.”

Jaycee Dugard in a photo dated about 1990. Mark Boster/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

Dugard is still having to learn everyday tasks like grocery shopping, writing a check, driving a car or making choices for herself, she told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in an interview for 20/20. But she works hard to not give in to regret or anger — and focus on what all that is ahead of her. “I didn’t want to give one more minute to Phillip and Nancy … they took 18 years of my life,” Dugard said. “It’s taken a lot of time and it doesn’t come overnight. You have to put in the hard work and cry and for sure laugh about everything you can.”

Now, with a soon-to-be-empty nest, Dugard is starting to think more about the possibilities of her own future — including romance. “I have never even been on a date before!” she wrote, adding that she’s “not actively seeking love.”

But seven years after her horrific ordeal, Dugard says she feels “totally capable of having a relationship one day … I don’t feel so damaged that I am totally put off by the idea,” she writes. “I just don’t know.”

Until then, she’s focused on raising her daughters, riding her horses and curling up with a good book: “I see my daughters have relationships and I feel like one day when the time is right I will meet the right person for me.”

Watch the rest of her brave, emotional interview with ABC’s Diane Sawyer below:

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How Jaycee Dugard Was Found After 18 Years in Isolation

Ten years ago, an 18-year-old mystery was solved after kidnapped California resident Jaycee Dugard was saved from the clutches of a husband and wife who abducted her in 1991.

Jaycee went missing on June 10, 1991, in Meyers, California, as she walked to the school bus stop when she was approached by a silver car and snatched from the street.

The 11-year-old’s stepfather, Carl Probyn, who was riding a bike near the scene, witnessed her kidnapping and could not catch up to the driver who lured Jaycee into the car.

The case haunted the family and the town for nearly 20 years until a fateful day in August 2009 brought Jaycee back into the fold.
During her 18-year life of hell, Jaycee was raped by her kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, and was forced to raise the two children she had with him.

A convicted sex offender, Garrido had spent 11 years in prison before being released on parole in 1988. It was while behind bars at a federal penitentiary in Leavenworth, Kansas, that he met his wife, Nancy Bocanegra, who was the niece of a fellow inmate. They married in 1981.

Soon after his release, the Garridos moved to Antioch, a suburb of Sacramento, not too far from where Jaycee’s family lived. It was on the property of this home that he built the backyard from hell.

Just three years after his release from prison he abducted Jaycee.

Jaycee was hidden from view in the backyard of the Garridos’ home for nearly two decades. In their backyard was a labyrinth that featured two sheds, two tents, a primitive outhouse, and a shower. One of the sheds was also soundproofed. The secret compound was so concealed from view that law enforcement did not find it during searches of the property in 2006 and 2008.

Phillip and Nancy owned a small printing business during this time. Cheyvonne Molino, a client of the Garridos’ printing business, spoke to Inside Edition in 2009 and said that things were unusual with the family.

Molino said he recalled asking one of the Garridos’ daughters what church they went to. Unbeknownst to him, the girl was actually Jaycee’s daughter, not Nancy’s.

“She said, ‘We go to church in our basement.’ I said, ‘How many people are in your church?’ She said five. I said, ‘OK, who’s the pastor?’ ‘My dad.’ I was a little shocked,” Molino said.

On Aug. 24, 2009, Phillip and his daughters arrived on the campus of UC Berkley where he inquired about holding events for his religious organization. Lisa Campbell, one of the members of the campus staff, told him to return the following day but felt suspicious about him. Campbell asked Berkeley police officer Ally Jacobs to conduct a background check on Garrido.

When it was discovered that Garrido was a registered sex offender, his parole officer was contacted. Throughout his parole, Phillip maintained he was childless. When his parole officer was informed that two children had accompanied him to the campus, Phillip was ordered to attend a parole meeting.

Nancy joined her husband as did Jaycee and the two young girls. Garrido initially insisted that Jaycee and the two girls were relatives but began to crack under questioning from his parole officer. He and Nancy were later arrested and charged with 29 felony counts including rape and false imprisonment.

Authorities raided the Garrido home and discovered the silver-colored car used in Jaycee’s abduction.

“They just kind of seemed out there,” a neighbor told Inside Edition of the Garridos in 2009.

“He got on that stuff and that was the end,” Phillip’s father told Inside Edition in 2009, blaming his son’s issues on drug abuse. “Couldn’t talk to him no matter what you said.”

Jaycee Dugard, now 29 in 2009, was reunited with her birth mother. “She was in good health but living in a backyard for the past 18 years does take its toll,” Fred Collar of the El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department said at a press conference after Jaycee was found.

Phillip was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison in June 2011. Nancy was sentenced to 36 years to life, also in June 2011. They are both up for parole in 2034.

Jaycee has maintained a low profile in the years since, releasing two books, 2011’s “A Stolen Life” and 2016’s “Freedom: My Book of Firsts.”

In 2016, Jaycee gave an exclusive television interview to ABC’s “20/20,” where she talked about life now.

“It’s taken a lot of time,” she said of the healing process. “It hasn’t happened overnight.”

Dugard also told ABC at the time that if the daughters she had with Phillip ever wanted to see him, “I wouldn’t be OK with it, but I wouldn’t stop them.”

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— — Jaycee Dugard, who was kidnapped and imprisoned for 18 years, says she would not forbid her daughters from seeing their father– her captor and rapist — if they wanted to.

“I want them to make their own choices in life, and if that’s something that they need to do, then you know I’d … I wouldn’t be OK with it. But I wouldn’t not let them do it,” Dugard, 36, said in an interview with ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.

It’s her third interview with Sawyer since she first spoke about her horrendous experience in 2011.

Dugard was abducted at age 11 in 1991 by Phillip and Nancy Garrido in 1991. She was held captive in Garrido’s California backyard compound and had two children fathered by him.

Dugard and her daughters were rescued in 2009. Phillip Garrido pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and 13 counts of sexual assault and was sentenced to 431 years in prison.

Nancy Garrido pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping, one count of rape by force and to California’s “one strike” rape law. She was sentenced to 36 years to life in prison.

More than two years after Dugard was kidnapped, when she was 13 years old, she learned she was pregnant and gave birth at 14 years old to her first daughter.

When the Garridos found Dugard in labor, she said they gave her codeine. Dugard said Phillip Garrido told her he had watched videos about giving birth and knew how to deliver a baby. Dugard said she was in labor for another 12 hours.

In 1997, Dugard gave birth to her second daughter.

“Anything could happen,” Dugard said of the dangers of giving birth in such difficult conditions. “And I had two.”

As she and her daughters grew older, Dugard said she planted a flower in front of the shed and set up a little school to teach them as much as she could with only her fifth-grade education.

“They’re so resilient, and they’re beautiful and loving, and I’m really lucky,” she said.

Dugard has protected her daughters’ privacy and said some of their friends don’t even know of their past. She said the three of them are able to talk about what happened with each other.

“When I refer to him … I think I’ve been calling him Phillip lately, actually,” Dugard said.

Five years ago, Dugard said she called Phillip Garrido their dad.

“They saw his craziness and ups and downs and knew how unpredictable he was,” she said.

She said she and her daughters have learned to laugh at the challenging life they live together.

“To know it was OK to laugh about, you know, Phillip and Nancy and their … craziness … it helps,” Dugard said.

Both Dugard and her mother, Terry Probyn, said they would not want the two girls to see their father in person, but that they would respect their decision if they wanted to meet him.

“I would hope they wouldn’t want to, but as long as he’s behind bars, and they’re safe, then I wouldn’t hinder their ability to make that choice,” Dugard said.

Probyn said: “It’s their decision. I would hope that they would choose not to.”

Dugard said she has done everything she can to not let her own fears limit her daughters’ lives.

“Do we scare our kids into never wanting to do anything or do we prepare them for the worst in life, never knowing if, you know, if it’s really going to happen?” she said.

Dugard first detailed her horrific experience in her 2011 bestselling book, “A Stolen Life: A Memoir,” and now has a second book, “Freedom: My Book of Firsts,” about moving on after those years in captivity.

Her memoir is due out July 12.

Jaycee Lee Dugard’s daughters were born in captivity but are now healthy, intelligent, and normal kids. They have also perhaps endured psychotic behavior by their mother’s predator when they were far too young. But, thankfully, now, after seven years of freedom and a full knowledge of their true family, the children, along with their mother Jaycee Dugard, live a life of normalcy, happiness, and hope. Find out all the details in our Jaycee Lee Dugard wiki, right here.

Innocent, Sweet, and on Her Way to School

Jaycee Lee Dugard was born on May 3, 1980, making her current age 37. Dugard was born to mother Terry Dugard and father Ken Slayton, but Slayton was unaware of the birth of their child. Terry married Carl Probyn, and they had another baby girl, Jaycee’s half-sister, when Jaycee was 11. The family had moved to a rural town in South Lake Tahoe, California as they had thought it was a safe place to stay.

On the morning of June 10, 1991, after Terry Dugard (who was a print house typesetter) left early for work, Jaycee began her walk to board her school bus. At the time, all Jaycee was worried about was a school trip that she was going on in a few days because she was a shy girl.

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Dugard was in her favorite pink outfit, and as she made her way up the hill, a gray car stopped by her. Dugard thought that the man wanted directions, but before she knew it, he tased her with a stun gun and dragged her into the vehicle. Dugard’s stepfather Carl Probyn witnessed the whole kidnapping and chased the vehicle on his mountain bike, but failed to overtake the car. He watched as the car drove away with his stepdaughter inside. Dugard drifted in and out of consciousness in the car during the three-hour ride to her kidnapper’s home.

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18 Years of Captivity with Hope for Freedom

The convicted monsters who had kidnapped Jaycee Dugard were a sex offender named Phillip Garrido and his nursing aide wife, Nancy Bocanegra. By grabbing Jaycee from the streets, Nancy had collected her as a prize for her husband, Phillip.

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Garrido was previously arrested for the kidnap and rape of Katherine Callaway, back in 1976, and there was even a domestic violence allegation levied against him by his previous wife, who he had married in 1973. He was arrested and sentenced to a 50-year federal sentence in 1977 at the Kansas State Leavenworth Penitentiary.

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This was where he met Nancy Bocanegra and married her in 1981 in prison. Garrido was then released from Kansas and taken to Nevada, where he served seven months and was let out on parole. Garrido lived with his elderly mother in Antioch, while he wore a GPS-enabled ankle bracelet that kept track of his whereabouts.

The Garridos brought the child to their home in the Contra Costa County and had handcuffed Jaycee before letting her into a small shed-like room, where she was held captive for 18 years.

How Was Jaycee Lee Dugard Found?

One day, Garrido took Dugard’s daughters to the police office at the University of California, after he had dropped off an essay on how he cured his criminal sexual behavior at the FBI office. He went to the university’s special events manager, looking to hold a program of his own on “God’s Desire.”

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Lisa Campbell was in charge and when she spotted the two girls (who were submissive and as pale as if they had never been out in the sun), she asked him to make the appointment for the next day.

He left his name in the register while he made an appointment, and after a background check, it surfaced that Garrido was a sex offender.

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She immediately called the parole office and narrated the incident, and when the officers reached Garrido’s home, he was handcuffed and a search of his home began. They only found Nancy and Garridos’ mother, and he was ordered to bring them all to the parole office the very next day.

Garrido mentioned that the girls were ‘daughters of a relative,’ and that he had the permission to take them along. Jaycee and her daughters were brought to the parole office where she was introduced as “Allissa, ” and when asked about her daughters, she chimed about how good Garrido was with her children, and despite the fact that he was a sex offender, he had changed to being a good human being.

Not convinced about the whole ordeal, the parole officer called the Concord police, and when an officer arrived, Garrido confessed to the kidnapping and rape of Jaycee Dugard for 18 years. He has been sentenced to 431 years to life in prison, and his wife Nancy got 36 years to life.

Jaycee Lee Dugard’s Interview After Her Freedom

Jaycee Lee Dugard’s interview with Diane Sawyer of ABC News revealed how much strength Dugard showed while she was a captive. “I can’t fathom how I kept it together or, you know, I must’ve been checked out, you know, on a different level. You know, present, but not present for, you know, some of it, because it’s terrifying on its own. But being alone, how did I even do that?”

As she recalled her dreadful memories that included 18 years of torture, two beautiful daughters, and a ray of hope that she would some day be reunited with her family, Jaycee spoke about the birth of her first daughter, and how she was alone in the backyard when she went into labor. She was just 13 when she conceived.

Giving to the Society: Dugard’s Experiences and a Foundation That Helps Victims Alike

The story that sends chills down the spine is all penned down in Dugard’s book titled A Stolen Life, which she released in 2011, two years after she was reunited with her family. In 2016, Dugard wrote another book titled Freedom: My Book of Firsts, which talks about her first experiences after she was a free woman.

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The same year that Jaycee Lee Dugard was rescued by the officials, in 2009, after many failed attempts and sheer ignorance of clues, a movie titled Kidnapped For 18 Years: The Jaycee Dugard Story came out in November. The documentary shows the life of the young lady who was taken, and how she endured 18 long years in captivity.

She founded the JAYC (Just Ask Yourself To Care) foundation, which helps families who have gone through the trauma of abduction. They focus on therapy and comprehensive approaches to bring the families together to help ensure that nobody else has to go through what Jaycee Dugard did.

It’s been nearly a decade since Jaycee Lee Dugard was rescued from captivity, and since then, she’s managed to make a relatively normal (and private) life for herself. Part of that privacy has to do with the now-37-year-old’s two children, who have been adjusting to living outside of the toxic environment in which they grew up.

Her daughters, Angel and Starlit, were born when she was still a young teen, after her kidnapper, Phillip Garrido, raped and impregnated her. After 18 years trapped in a house less than 200 miles away from her family, Jaycee and her girls were rescued in 2009.

Eight years later, they’re all doing well, so it’s probably time we catch up with the girls. Read on for more on Jaycee and her daughters’ lives now.

How old are Angel and Starlit now?

Three years after being taken from outside of her California home, 14-year-old Jaycee gave birth to her first child, daughter Angel. Then, three years later, she had daughter Starlit at age 17. The girls are now 22 and 19, respectively.

Where do they live?

After they were rescued, Jaycee and her daughters moved back to her native Southern California. They’ve lived a secluded life with her mother and stepsister every since.

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Did the girls know Jaycee was kidnapped?

While they were still in captivity, neither Angel nor Starlit realized the truth of their situation. According to The Telegraph, they only knew that Phillip was their biological father, and clung to him as they were being rescued.

Did they know Jaycee was their mom?

According to reports, Phillip had told Angel and Starlit that Jaycee was their sister and not their mother. Instead, they thought their dad’s wife, Nancy, was their mother. They only learned the truth after their release.

Have they seen their dad since he was arrested?

After his 2009 arrest, Phillip pleaded guilty to one count of kidnapping and 13 counts of sexual assault, and he was sentenced to 431 years in prison. Since then, Jaycee told ABC News her daughters have had no interest in seeing their father. However, if they do want to visit someday, she wouldn’t stop them. “As long as he’s behind bars, and they’re safe, then I wouldn’t hinder their ability to make that choice,” she said.

How are Angel and Starlit doing now?

In 2016, Jaycee gushed that her daughters have been “resilient” and have grown to be “beautiful and loving.” Part of that recovery has to do with their choice to protect their privacy and tell few people about their past. Instead, they turn to one another when they need to discuss what happened.

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This is amazing. Jaycee Dugard has been free from the disgusting captivity of Phillip Garrido for seven years now, and she’s opening up even more about her experiences in a new interview with ’20/20.’ Find out how she’s ‘adapted,’ right here!

Jaycee Dugard is one of the strongest, most inspirational woman in the world! The victim of a kidnapping at just 11 years old is now celebrating seven years out of captivity, and she’s ready to tell all. In a July 8 interview with Diane Sawyer on 20/20, she explained how she “adapted to survive.” Here’s the scoop.

“I feel like I have lived a lot of lifetimes,” Jaycee told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer in a 20/20 interview on July 8. That’s not surprising. Jaycee was kidnapped when she was 11, and spent 18 years held captive by a man named Phillip Garrido, who frequently raped her. She had two daughters as a result of the assaults. However, she managed to survive and to thrive.

Jaycee Dugard: Pics Of Her & Other Kidnapping Victims

Jaycee insists that she doesn’t have what some call “Stockholm syndrome,” which is when a captive develops what they think is love for their captor. “Having my family believe that I was in love with this captor and wanted to stay with him? I mean, that is so far from the truth that it makes me want to throw up,” Jaycee said. “It’s disgusting. I adapted to survive my circumstances. There is just no other way to put it.” Taking control of the situation and telling people what she does and doesn’t need to hear has been a huge help in beginning to heal.

“It’s taken a lot of time and it hasn’t come overnight,” she explained. “You have to put in the hard work and cry and, for sure, laugh about everything that you can. There was not a day that I didn’t cry… I felt like there would never, ever be a day that I didn’t cry again.” Luckily, she has made intense progress in moving past the ordeal, and now she’s better than ever.

In a smiling photo she posted in Instagram beside Diane, she said “thank you Diane for telling my story so beautifully! I just watched it with my family for the first time and loved it all! Loved being with her again we had such a good time filming. Thank you to the entire crew!” We’re so happy for Jaycee, and so are her supporters that tuned in to the interviews. Here are their heartfelt reactions:

“Yeah. I’m pretty amazing.” Yes you are #JayceeDugard #ABC2020

— Melindesign (@Melindesign) July 9, 2016

Jaycee Dugard equals beautiful and amazing #ABC2020

— teresahwest (@teresawestwww) July 9, 2016

What happened to Jaycee Dugard still astounds me. I’m impressed beyond belief by her strength. #ABC2020 https://t.co/5nyBTWXaUb

— Karen Pitton (@KPA2) July 9, 2016

Jaycee Dugard is giving such an emotional and heartwarming interview on 20/20 tonight, no words for this courageous and inspirational woman

— Kristen Wallace (@kristenewallace) July 9, 2016

Jaycee Dugard is an inspiring woman. Her life is a testimony to seeing light even in the darkest of times. Important msg today. #ABC2020

— Tiana Trejo (@tianaotrejo) July 9, 2016

HollywoodLifers, what did you think of Jaycee’s interview? Share your thoughts with us!

20/20 SPecial Revisits Kidnap Victim Jaycee DugardDiane Sawyer Diane Sawyer is set to revisit kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard in a special 20/20 set to air Friday on the ABC News program. The new interview coincides with the publication of Dugard’s second book, Freedom: My Book of Firsts (SimonandSchuster). It marks five years since Sawyer first sat down with Dugard for an interview that captivated viewers. Fifteen million watched in 2011 as Dugard recounted 18 years in captivity, during which time she bore two daughters by her captor, Phillip Garrido, a convicted sex-offender whose crimes against Dugard resulted in a 431-year prison sentence. http://feedproxy.google.com/~r/thr/television/~3/Rw-26Ar9RAs/diane-sawyer-revisits-kidnap-victim-907306 http://www.wochit.com This video was produced by YT Wochit News using http://wochit.com 2016-06-29T18:01:15.000Z

It has been five years since Diane Sawyer first sat down with Jaycee Dugard, and tonight, on a special edition of ABC News 20/20, Sawyer will interview the now 36-year-old to discuss what life has been like since being rescued in 2009. In 1991, Dugard was abducted by Nancy and Phillip Garrido when she was just eleven years old. Dugard was held captive for 18 years, and bore two children by her kidnapper.

Tonights special coincides with the release of Dugard’s second memoir, Freedom: My Book of Firsts.

DATE: Friday, July 8, 2016

TIME: 10 pm ET/PT

TV CHANNEL: ABC Network –

INTERVIEWER: Diane Sawyer

LIVE STREAM:

MEMOIR: to order Dugard’s first memoir, “A Stolen Life: A Memoir”. Dugard’s second memoir will be released on Tuesday, July 12.

Jaycee Dugard Part 1: Recalling the Day She Was Kidnapped

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Ten years ago, on August 26, 2009, Officer Todd Stroud reported to work at the Concord Police Department and, because of his experience as a school resource officer, was asked to look after a woman who was at the police station with her two young daughters.

That woman, he soon learned, was Jaycee Dugard who, 18 years before, had been kidnapped as she walked to a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe one morning and had not been seen since.

Stroud, who clearly remembered the kidnapping and the national headlines that accompanied it, was floored.

“I was shocked,” he said.

Hours before, Dugard, the two girls, and Dugard’s captors, Phillip and Nancy Garrido, had gone to Concord to meet with Phillip’s parole officer; he had been released from prison a few years before she was kidnapped. At the parole office, Dugard told the officer that she was the girl who had disappeared in 1991. No kidnap victim in modern American history had been found alive after being missing that long.

Phillip Garrido was arrested, and Nancy, his wife and co-conspirator, was taken into custody soon after. The world would later learn that Dugard and her daughters, conceived after she was raped by Phillip Garrido, had been forced to live in a ramshackle backyard compound at the couple’s home in Antioch, which Dugard would later describe as a prison.

Stroud met the young girls, who were noticeably quiet and afraid, in a police interview room.

Concord Police Sergeant Todd Stroud, who was one of the first officers to help Jaycee Dugard and her daughters after her 18 years of captivity, is photographed at the Concord Parole Office in Concord, Calif., on Thursday, Aug. 15, 2019. This year marks the 10-year anniversary of Dugard being found after being abducted at the age of 11. (Doug Duran/Bay Area News Group)

“I spent some time talking with them, getting them some food, and trying my best to make them feel a little more at ease,” Stroud said in an interview with this news organization. “I then met with Jaycee. I reassured her that her daughters were okay and being taken care of.”

Outside the police station, media outlets from around the country and the world were descending on the city, and it quickly became clear that Dugard and her daughters needed to be taken somewhere private and safe. Stroud and other officers snuck them out the back of the station in an unmarked car and took them to the local Hilton.

The girls, 14 and 11 at the time, and their mother came to their hotel room with only the clothes on their backs. But for Dugard’s youngest daughter, there was something badly missing: a 10-gallon heated aquarium containing the hermit crabs she was raising, and she wanted them back.

So Stroud, with the help of an officer at the Antioch crime scene and then-police chaplain Tim Grayson, retrieved the aquarium and put it on a food cart, covered it in towels from the hotel gym and wheeled into the family’s room, to their delight.

“I was declared ‘Royal Crab Carrier Number One’ and Tim was ‘Royal Crab Carrier Number Two,’ ” Stroud said.

It was at the hotel later that day that Dugard saw her mother, Terry Probyn, for the first time since the Garridos had shocked her with a stun gun and drove her away in their car. Probyn had rushed to Concord from Southern California after getting the news she had been hoping to get for nearly two decades.

“They opened the double doors, and Jaycee went walking through,” said Grayson, the former police chaplain, who is now a state Assemblyman. “We heard the shout of her mother, ‘My baby!’ and then her arms were open. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house.”

Today, Dugard and her nonprofit, the JAYC Foundation, help facilitate that same kind of family reunification for other trauma victims. Drawing from Dugard’s experience, the foundation also aims to provide safe, secluded spaces for victims to recover, holds workshops for caregivers, and puts a particular focus on animal-assisted therapy; Dugard turned to riding and caring for horses to help her heal.

“In the backyard prison Phillip and Nancy Garrido created, I didn’t really think too much about the next day, let alone the future,” Dugard wrote in an email to this news organization. “Just getting through the day was what was important to me. When we were rescued, and I started therapy, it was a combo of past, present and future that I thought about. Nowadays, it’s a lot more future.”

Not ‘the only thing that makes me who I am’

Phillip and Nancy Garrido, who orchestrated the kidnapping and for almost two decades kept Dugard’s captivity secret, even delivering her two children with no medical assistance, eventually pleaded guilty after going through a long string of court hearings in El Dorado County. Phillip Garrido is serving a prison sentence of 431 years to life at California State Prison-Corcoran in the Central Valley. Nancy Garrido is serving a sentence of 36 years to life at the California Institution for Women in Southern California.

Neither Garrido responded to letters sent to them by this news organization.

But the virtual isolation and sexual servitude they used to enslave Dugard is well documented in her first memoir, “A Stolen Life,” and in her testimony to a grand jury in El Dorado County. Dugard now addresses that experience with a resilience that has come to define her since she emerged from captivity.

“What happened to me will always be a part of who I am, but I don’t let that be the only thing that makes me who I am,” Dugard said. “I don’t let those experiences or those people, meaning Phillip and Nancy, define the relationships in my life now. When I do have something from the past pop into my head, I don’t shy away from it either, it’s important for me to acknowledge that thought or feeling and figure it out.”

When Dugard emerged in public, the impacts were far-reaching. The state parole system, which was supposed to thoroughly vet Phillip Garrido’s compliance with his parole conditions after he was imprisoned for an earlier kidnapping and rape in the 1970s, was lambasted for its lackluster home visits and minimal status checks. He had even been designated a model parolee. Videos of parole visits that later surfaced publicly showed Nancy Garrido badgering and frustrating agents to the point that they hurriedly left to get away from her, helping them keep their secret.

In her first memoir, Dugard criticized parole agents for lacking the curiosity that might have led them to discover her far earlier, sparing her the 18 years of torment she endured. After the exposure of those lapses, the state parole system revamped its practices, and the state paid a $20 million settlement to Dugard for the repeated failures to find her sooner.

But more broadly, Dugard’s story gave hope to other families still looking for their missing loved ones. A few years after Dugard gained her freedom, 53-year-old Ariel Castro was arrested in Cleveland, after it was revealed that between 2002 and 2004 he had kidnapped and imprisoned three women — Amanda Berry, Georgina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — and held them captive until they were freed in 2013.

Committed to helping others like her

Stroud, now a Concord police sergeant in the final year of his law-enforcement career, says Dugard’s story continues to stay with him.

“I could see that strength early on,” he said. “She is, without a doubt, the most courageous, positive and resilient person I have ever met. Her ordeal would have broken most people, but not Jaycee.”

Dugard said she is proud of what she has accomplished in the decade since her survival story earned her worldwide fame. She has sent both of her daughters to college. She has traveled the world and given talks at Yale and Harvard. She has written two best-selling memoirs. Currently, tending to her garden and riding and caring for her horse, Cowboy, are her day-to-day pursuits.

Going forward, she says her primary concern is to continue building up the JAYC Foundation, which has helped or held workshops for hundreds of kidnapping, sexual assault and other trauma victims, as well as the law-enforcement officers who are often the first responders to those cases. To her, the foundation’s first-ever fundraising benefit scheduled for next month in Sonoma County, is a significant milestone.

“We need to raise more awareness that therapy is OK. It’s OK to seek help, you don’t have to go it alone,” she said. “We want to do more in Sonoma County where I did all my healing, and this fundraiser will hopefully help us provide animal-assisted therapy to many more at no or low cost to them.”

“It’s important for me to keep going and see how many more lives we can touch.”

JAYC Foundation benefit

A fundraising benefit to support the JAYC Foundation, founded by Jaycee Dugard, is scheduled for Sept. 28 from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. at the Kunde Winery in Kenwood, Sonoma County. The event will include a live and silent auction, live music, and a keynote by Dugard.

More information about the event can be found at jaycfoundationevent.org.

More information about the JAYC Foundation can be found at thejaycfoundation.org.

Jaycee Dugard and the triumph of hope

Editor’s note: This story has been updated to avoid specific references to Jaycee Dugard’s hometown, for the sake of her continued privacy.

It was 2009 when Jaycee Dugard made international headlines and put a spotlight on the cracks in the American justice system when she was rescued after 18 years in captivity at the hands of a disturbed sexual predator.

When she and her family looked for somewhere to recover from the tragedy and trauma, they found Sonoma Valley a place of healing.

“The little ranch in was smaller than I expected, but charming all on its own,” she told a packed house at the Green Music Center during Wednesday’s Women in Conversation, a celebration of female entrepreneurs and empowerment. She was followed by speaker Dr. Tererai Trent, a child bride in Zimbabwe who set a goal to get her PhD in America, and let nothing, not the five children she raised nor the three jobs she had to hold down to make ends meet, stop her from achieving that dream.

Dugard was a bright, blond 11-year-old who was walking to school in her South Lake Tahoe neighborhood on June 10, 1991. That’s when a car pulled up in front of her, blocking her way.

“At first I wasn’t alarmed because nothing bad had ever happened to me,” she said.

That’s when Phillip Garrido, a man with a long history of sex crimes, shocked her with a stun gun. With the help of his wife, Nancy, they loaded the girl into their car, covered her with a blanket and drove her hundreds of miles from her home. It was the beginning of 18 years of pure hell, during which Dugard was locked in a backyard shed, repeatedly raped and exposed to horrors no person, let alone any child, should ever experience.

Her kidnapping demonstrated a disturbing gap in the justice system. Garrido was on parole, having served just 10 years of a 50-year sentence for the rape and kidnapping of another woman, Katie Calloway, in 1976. He was regularly monitored, but again and again, parole officers missed the signs that something was not right at his Antioch home. Neighbors had even told the officers that they had seen children in and around the house, but no one ever checked that outdoor shed where Dugard was held prisoner.

“I probably could have been rescued years earlier,” Dugard said. “There were days I thought that I had lost my hope.”

Three years into her captivity, at age 14, she gave birth to a healthy baby girl. Three years after that, she birthed a second daughter. Somehow, she and her children managed to build a life together, albeit one she never wanted.

“I learned to think like a predator but act like prey,” she said. “Fear ruled me.”

Dugard and her daughters were rescued when two alert police officers at UC Berkeley, Ally Jacobs and Lisa Campbell, noticed something amiss. After 18 years, Garrido trusted Dugard enough to bring her on day trips to pass out religious literature at college campuses around the Bay Area. Something about Garrido with this three young, timid girls, who would not make eye contact or directly engage the officers in conversation, just didn’t seem right.

After learning that Garrido was a registered sex offender, the officers brought them all in for questioning. At first, Dugard says she was too afraid to speak the truth, fearful she was not yet safe from the clutches of their captor. But she found her voice and, at 29, was finally free and quickly reunited with her mother, who had never given up hope her daughter might one day come home.