August 31st, 2009
09:43 PM ET

Live Blog from the Anchor Desk 08/31/09

We’re keeping a close eye on a fast-moving California wildfire that’s threatening thousands of homes and businesses outside Los Angeles—and has trapped five people who ignored evacuation orders.

And we now have a much clearer picture of what the last 18 years have been like for Jaycee Dugard, the young woman who was found last week 18 years after her kidnapping. Investigators are combing the secret backyard compound where Dugard was allegedly forced to live–and where she apparently gave birth to the two daughters her captor fathered. We’ll show you what investigators found inside the squalid makeshift compound of tents and sheds.

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  1. Lisa A. Philadelphia, PA

    Hi all ... all this information is just making me more and more upset. I can't believe all of this.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  2. Gloria, Brooklyn, NY

    Good Evening Everyone!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  3. steve

    I was a Calif parole agent supervising sex offenders. Parole is responsible to conduct a search of any residence prior to a sex offender residing at that location. Parole messed up. Dont give me that it was well hidden bull.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  4. Paul Edelstein

    Hi Anderson,
    Is this the freakiest story (Garrido) you've covered?
    Paul in Memphis

    August 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  5. Caroline, Los Angeles

    And no one who ever saw this lovely young woman ever wondered why she didn't look like either of her "parents"?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  6. nick

    This man is sick... I feel so bad for the kids and how their mother was robbed of her childhood

    August 31, 2009 at 10:12 pm |
  7. pat in tulsa

    Do the girls have birth certificates? If people knew they lived there and were 'home schooled' why does everyone think they lived in the back yard? If the house is 4000 sq ft, and all three were known to neighbors why would they live in the back? So many unanswered questions.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  8. Marg Anne

    Where are child welfare authorities when a 14-year old child is giving birth to a child???
    I'm sorry, I just do not understand how this happened.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Johanna

    Where was the wife in all this???

    August 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  10. Dana, Kansas City

    If any good can come out of stories like this, I would think it would be the awareness we need to have of our neighbors and those around us. So many children go missing every year. It terrifies me as a new mother.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:11 pm |
  11. Annie

    The case of Jaycee Dugard is similar to the case of Colleen Stan who was kidnapped by Cameron Hooker and stayed with him for 7 years.

    Colleen could help Jaycee as she is the only other known person to experience such a horrific crime like this of Jaycee

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  12. Jacqueline, NY

    The fact the the police missed all of that is unacceptable. maybe if the cut down on committing and covering up their own crimes, they'd do a better job at solving such crimes as these.

    And if we as a society weren't so self serving, self centered, we'd noticed these things; and if we cared enough, we'd get involved.

    Totally unacceptable.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  13. Dustin McWain, Somerset,Ky

    poor girl,There was one trapped for 7 A&e had a special and called it "the girl in a box"

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  14. Doris

    Just because their hair was clean and they were seen in a 4,000sq ft home doesn't mean a thing! This man and is wife are sick. Did you see the tents and sheds?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  15. Ileen

    I would very much like to have information on the wife in this. How long have they been married and what is her story on this? Why has she NEVER tried to stop this?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  16. Evette

    It totally boggles my mind that not one person, since the initial 911 call could ever even raise any eyebrows.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  17. Kishore Reddipeta

    Good Evening Anderson –
    Regarding Jaycee Duggard’s case, intelligent efforts from UC Berkeley Police Officer and UC Berkeley Events Manager deserves high accolades, their efforts to go with their intuition saved three lives.
    There should be absolutely NO place for any sociopaths in our society.
    Glad to see the three women can live freely for ever.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  18. Caroline, Los Angeles

    Hi everyone,

    This Dugard story is beyond comprehension. It seems like Jaycee and her daughters had mastered the art of having a double life, just like their captors.

    But there have been other stories of children being indoctrinated into living in ways most of us cannot understand. Child soldiers in Africa are dominated and brainwashed and taught to kill. If you can teach a child to kill you can certainly teach them to lie about how they live and who this man is they are living with and what he does.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  19. Ligia, San Jose/CA

    I only hope that Jaycee receives all the psychological help that she will need...

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  20. Minou, New York City

    The psychology that operates on those victims of kidnapping is so interesting and mind-boggling. why don't they try to escape? Why do they accept their abductor as a trusted figure?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  21. Lidia Anorga

    Please let us not forget Garrido's wife was also involved.

    Miami, FL

    August 31, 2009 at 10:10 pm |
  22. joe, florida

    i hear the wildfires are pretty out of control in california

    August 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  23. Jasmine - Spokane, WA (Spokandyland)

    A pleasant Monday to you all!

    This kidnapping case gets stranger and stranger, and I thought I've seen creepy. Hopefully Jaycee's mind isn't too warped from her experience.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  24. Maryalice

    Who delivered Jaycee's two children?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  25. starr, formerly known as vincent

    This kidnapping story remains stunningly outrageous to me.

    I don't understand how no heard the babies crying, anything that would have cautght someones' attention Before 2006 and even that was botched.

    As many have mentioned throughout the days of this story, the important thing is that she is alive! I do believe that with proper counseling and with time, she and her children will be able to make a good life for themselves.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  26. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Garrido is a convicted pedophile, when the authorities saw him with small children why didn't they investigate who those children were? Did they just take his word for it that they were his?

    I wonder how many other criminals are living in that neighborhood.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:09 pm |
  27. Anthonia-(Bay Area)California

    Good Evening Everyone!

    Shavon has a point.. If thoes girls were leaving in a terrible condition, how come their hair and clothes were dirty?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  28. Casey Jones - Palm Springs, CA

    Greetings Bloggers.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  29. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    No one saw this movement of children into the house?
    For me this is so absurd and inconceivable to happen!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    If she was kidnapped at 11 how much will she even remember of her mother?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Paula, Colorado

    Happy Monday. I hope you got a little rest over the weekend.
    The wildfire in California looks terrible–I pray they are able to contain it soon.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:08 pm |
  32. Cynthia, NC

    Good evening. I hope everyone had a great weekend!

    What atrocious living conditions Jaycee Dugard and her children were forced to live in. How could Garrido allow his children to live like that? What a scumbag.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  33. Kathy Chicago

    It is so creepy about that poor woman. I can't imagine having a child kidnaped.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:07 pm |
  34. Mike, Syracuse, NY

    I'm wondering how brainwashed the Jaycee was to not try to ask for help by email.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  35. Jo Ann, North Royalton, Ohio

    Garrido's neighbors must be clueless! Didn't they know he was a convicted pedophile?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  36. Minou, New York City

    HI all!
    This is such a bizarre story, it's hard to wrap your mind around it.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  37. Chris Sosa - Boston, MA

    Good evening, everyone! Hope you're having a great Monday.

    Glad to hear there's been a psychologist consistently with Jaycee. I was worried about her cognitive state, so good to know.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:06 pm |
  38. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    18 years and no one ever came to see this "prison" in Garrido's backyard?!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  39. Heather - Spokane, WA

    I am so shocked that a guy like Philip Garrido was let out of prison. What was the parole board thinking?! Were they even paying attention when they read this guy's history!? He kidnapped and tortured a woman for 8 hours and now this happened. The world of corrections is a strange world sometimes.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:05 pm |
  40. Sharon Hastings

    Good evening Anderson and all. Happy Monday. I can't bear to think about this abduction but since most of these kind of things end in the death of the child, I guess we can be happy that she is alive. I can't imagine how you cope with these things as a parent.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  41. Niwat, Chicago

    Hi Anderson, Erica and AC360 team. Hope everyone had a restful weekend.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:04 pm |
  42. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    How no one saw this horrible place?

    August 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  43. Jacqueline, NY

    Good evening all!

    How terrible the news tonight.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  44. starr, formerly known as vincent

    Hello Anderson, Erica & Team 360.

    Hi fellow bloggers.

    The photos and film of the CA fires are truly terrifying. I can't imagine how they are going to get control of this fire before great damage is done.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  45. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    omg I can't imagine how hard it was for Jaycee to survive in such conditions!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:03 pm |
  46. Lori

    Good evening Anderson. Happy Monday.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:02 pm |
  47. Kathy Chicago

    Hi AC and 360! I missed you all.

    August 31, 2009 at 10:01 pm |
  48. Isabel Siaba, Brazil

    Evening Anderson!!!
    I hope you were able to rest!

    Hello David (Indiana), friends, bloggers and 360 team!

    Happy Monday all!

    August 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  49. Angela - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

    Good evening everyone! Hi Anderson! Hope everyone had an amazing weekend 😀

    August 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
  50. Heather - Spokane, WA

    Evening Anderson and everyone. I always dead wildfire season due to the damage it does to homes, people, wildlife and the forests. My heart goes out to everyone involved in those horrible fires in California

    August 31, 2009 at 10:00 pm |
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