The Abduction of Jaycee Lee Dugard
The Kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard
In June of 1991, eleven year old Jaycee Lee Dugard was walking to her bus stop to catch the bus for school. She never made it to school that day because a sex offender and his wife pulled over, tazed Jaycee, and pulled her into their car. That was the last that Jaycee’s friends and family saw or heard of her in 18 years. Until August of 2009 they did not know if she was dead or alive.
Her step father, Carl Probyn saw the abduction from the garage of their house, jumped on his bike and chased the car but could not catch up with it. He didn’t have his car keys. As the last one to see Jaycee, he was a prime suspect in the case for a long time. When Jaycee finally surfaced his name was cleared but not before a lot of damage had been done to his reputation, even among family and friends.
If you missed Diane Sawyer’s interview with Jaycee Lee Dugard you can watch it here:
Our family lived in Lake Tahoe at the time and although we did not know the Probyn family, this kidnapping affected us as it did many Lake Tahoe families with children. Many Tahoe children were kept on a short leash after that kidnapping. We listened anxiously to the news reports about Jaycee hoping and praying that she would be found alive. We were stunned in August 2009 when she surfaced and we rejoice with her family that she is home with the ones who love her.
Jaycee has written a book about her 18 year ordeal of living in a squalid back yard compound and giving birth to two daughters fathered by her captor. She is an amazing young woman. Jaycee has also started a foundation called JAYC to help families who have experienced abduction. You can purchase the book by clicking on this link: A Stolen Life: A Memoir
More information on Jaycee and her interview with People Magazine shortly after she was reunited with her family.