SACRAMENTO – The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s (CDCR) Division of Adult Parole Operations helped to uncover a nearly 18-year-old mystery concerning the kidnapping of Jaycee Lee Dugard, who was 11 years old when she was last seen as she walked to her bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, California, on June 10, 1991.
On August 26, 2009, a CDCR parole agent brought in parolee Phillip Garrido for questioning. The day before, suspicious activity had been reported when Garrido, a registered sex offender, was seen with two small children at U.C. Berkeley.
CDCR involved the Concord Police Department to assist in determining the identity of the two children and an adult female who accompanied Garrido to CDCR’s parole office in Concord. The diligent questioning and follow up by the parolee’s agent of record led to Garrido revealing his kidnapping of the adult female. It was further revealed by Garrido that she was Jaycee Lee Dugard and that the children were his.
Garrido and his wife were arrested and transported to the Concord Jail. The FBI with the full cooperation of CDCR and local law enforcement officials are conducting a full investigation surrounding Garrido and further information is pending those investigations.
On June 8, 1999, Garrido was paroled from a Nevada state prison. Garrido, 58, served time in federal custody and in Nevada for sexual assault. Garrido’s prior arrest history consists of possession of marijuana. While on parole supervision in California, Garrido was subject to: anti narcotic testing, to refrain from alcohol, and global positioning system (GPS) monitoring.
Officials with the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation’s Division of Adult Parole Operations will be holding a briefing to answer questions on the matter today.