People Magazine photographed the first public and exclusive images of Jaycee Lee Dugard, 29 years. Jaycee said, “I’m so happy to be back with my family”, she told the magazine. “Nothing is more important than the unconditional love and support I have from them.” How marvellous Jaycee looks. Conveying hope to so many families with missing children and inspiring the rest of us. I am thrilled to see a photograph of Jaycee that is a testimony to how well she is doing now she is back with her mother and family.

Jaycee Lee Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 when she was just 11 years old. A typical, innocent short walk from her home in South Lake Tahoe, California to the school bus stop, within sight of the house, ended with Jaycee being abducted. Her stepfather, Carl Probyn, a few hundred yards away in the entrance to his house garage, watched helplessly as she was pulled into a gray sedan by a woman. Carl’s frenzied efforts to chase after the gray sedan on his bicycle were futile.

Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11, are Jaycee’s daughters, apparently fathered by Phillip Garrido, 58; a registered sex offender who police say raped her repeatedly over the years. Jaycee and girls—who had never been to school or seen a Doctor—apparently spent much of their lives in the backyard and garden of Garrido’s home in Antioch, California.

This house in Antioch, CA, where Jaycee and her two daughters were kept prisoner in the backyard is actually in the name of Phillip Garrido’s mother. She lived there with Phillip and Nancy Garrido, Jaycee and Jaycee’s two daughters. It feels as if the authorities are keeping very quiet about her involvement. Possibly dismissing it on the grounds of ill health and being elderly. She hasn’t always been ill or elderly. What was her involvement in this horrendous crime over 18 years?

A perimeter solid high wooden fence, overhanging trees and thick shrubbery hid the backyard and garden from neighbors. Behind this fence lay hidden a cluster of tents and sheds.This is where Jaycee and her two daughters, Angel and Starlit spent their days and nights. Living out their years in these revolting tents and vile makeshiftshacks.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido now await trial facing a combined total of 29 felony charges relating to Jaycee Lee Dugard’s kidnapping in 1991, including rape and false imprisonment.

Jaycee and her two daughters are now living in seclusion with her mom, Terry Probyn, 50, and family. A family spokeswoman said Jaycee was riding horses, cooking meals and thinking of collaborating on a book.

These photos are almost too good. If we are not careful we may allow ourselves to mask over or dismiss or even diminish Jaycee’s appalling ordeal from the age of 11 years old to a 29 year old mother of two.

They do however give us all hope. The sort of hope that comes from seeing another human being putting on a heartwarming smile even after suffering 18 years of hell.

It is truly inspiring.

Lets all wish her well on her road to recovery.

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