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Aunt of Jaycee Lee Dugard speaks out

September 3, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
The aunt of Jaycee Lee Dugard gave a short statement Thursday morning in Westwood about how the family was reconnecting after 18 years. "The smile on my sister's face is as wide as the sea. Her oldest daughter is finally home," said Tina Dugard, aunt of Jaycee Lee Dugard.

Tina Dugard said that the family is reliving memories and making new ones, and she showed some of her personal pictures of Jaycee the way she remembered her.

The photographs show Jaycee smiling and making funny faces back in 1991, shortly before she was taken.

"Jaycee remembers her family members and is especially enjoying getting to know her little sister, who was just a baby when Jaycee was taken," said Tina Dugard. "Not only have we laughed and cried together, but we've spent time sitting quietly, taking pleasure in each other's company. We are so very grateful to have her home."

Jaycee was 11-years-old when she was kidnapped just outside of her home in South Lake Tahoe. During that time, she lived a life of captivity.

Police say her kidnapper, registered sex offender Phillip Garrido, kept her hidden in a secluded area of his home.

Police in Antioch held a news conference on Thursday to talk about another case in 1972 of a then 14-year-old girl who claims that Garrido raped her.

"The victim was also concerned, because it was very apparent to her at the time of seeing Mr. Garrido on television that he continued to prey on young women since the 1972 incident," said Lt. Leonard Orman, Antioch Police.

Garrido fathered two children with Jaycee Lee Dugard. Her aunt would not comment on how they were treated.

"Although they have no formal education, they are certainly educated. Jaycee did a truly amazing job with the limited resources and education that she herself had, and we are so proud of her," said Tina Dugard.

She also added that it has come to the family's attention that some people are trying to raise funds for the family, but that has not been authorized by the family.

If you would like to help the Dugard family, you can send donations to:

Jaycee Lee Dugard Trust Fund
c/o ViewTech
P.O. Box 596
Atwood, CA 92811

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