Fri, 28 Aug 2009 03:39:00 GMT

Kidnapped US girl resurfaces after 18 years as sex slave

San Francisco: A woman who was snatched as an 11-year-old from a bus stop was reunited Thursday with her family after spending 18 years as the captive of a convicted rapist who fathered her two children, police said.


This undated file photo obtained August 27, 2009 from the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows Jaycee Lee Dugard, who had been missing since she was kidnapped 18 years ago at age 11, and who walked into a California police station in good health and identified herself, police said. Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29, came into the Concord, California, police station on August 26, 2009 and said she was the missing girl, police officials said. "We are ninety-nine percent sure that it is her, based on conversations the mother had with the daughter this morning," Lieutenant Les Lovell of the El Dorado County Sheriff's office said. He said a man and a woman had been arrested with the help of the FBI and taken into custody by the Concord Police Department.

Throughout her capture, Jaycee Dugard, was held in a shed and other outbuildings hidden on the property of Phillip Garrido, 58, in a rural area of Antioch, California, some 80 km northeast of San Francisco.

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