September 1st, 2009
06:50 PM ET

Evening Buzz: Are two other cold cases linked to Jaycee Dugard’s kidnapper?

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/US/09/01/california.wildfires/art.house.fire.afp.gi.jpg caption="A massive wildfire burns Tuesday near a house in La Crescenta, California, near Los Angeles. "]

Cate Vojdik
AC360° Writer

In Southern California–where peak fire season hasn’t even officially begun yet–a huge and deadly wildfire continues to burn out of control tonight.

The Station Fire now covers more than 190 square miles, an area larger than Philadelphia. More than 3,000 firefighters are scrambling to save more than 10,000 homes that remain at risk. Officials say it could take up to two weeks to fully contain the fast-moving blaze. We’ll have the latest from the frontlines of the battle.

We’ll also have the latest on the Jaycee Lee Dugard kidnapping investigation. Officials believe at least two unsolved kidnappings may be linked to Phillip Garrido, the man charged with kidnapping and raping Dugard.

Nine-year-old Michaela Garecht disappeared in 1988. A year later, 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff was kidnapped. Both abductions took place not far from where Dugard was snatched. We’ll show you why investigators think the crimes may be related. We’ll also hear from family members of both missing girls.

You’ll also see what court documents from Garrido’s rape conviction reveal about the defense he put forth.

Garrido was sentenced to 50 years in prison but served just a fraction of his term—and then went on to allegedly abduct and rape Jaycee Dugard. His early release has ignited outrage. We’ll dig deeper on why convicted sexual offenders like Garrido are sometimes set free before completing their sentences—and what’s being done to close loopholes that are putting children at risk.

Tonight we’re launching a series of reports on the illegal sale of human organs. Our worldwide investigation has uncovered a thriving black market for human kidneys–right here in the United States. Authorities say illegal transplants are being performed in major U.S. hospitals, with donors flown here to sell their organs to American patients. It’s a booming industry – and it’s thriving because many involved appear to be turning a blind eye to the law. Drew Griffin reports.

Worried parents and their young children are flooding emergency rooms, concerned about swine flu. The influx is taxing already overburdened ERs. Tonight, 360 MD Sanjay Gupta provides a reality check—including a checklist to help parents decide when they need to seek medical help quickly and when they can wait.

See you at 10 p.m. eastern.

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  1. Annie Kate

    Two weeks to control the blaze – how much will it have burned down by that time? This one sounds worse than the ones last year and those were terrible. Some rain would be nice to help them get the fire out but I guess that is a forlorn hope.

    Looking forward to hearing more about the Jaycee story – if this man kidnapped other girls what happened to them – did he kill them? If he killed them and not Jaycee I wonder why. And what is happening with her children – are they with her and how are they adjusting?

    September 1, 2009 at 9:35 pm |
  2. Holly, Dublin, CA

    How can you say those other 2 girls were snatched close to where Jaycee was taken? Ilene Misheloff was taken in Pleasanton, CA on her way home from school which is about 150 miles from South Lake Tahoe where Dugard was taken. Michaela Garret was taken in Hawyard, CA which is about 200 miles from S. Lake Tahoe. Yes, there may be some similarities but they are in no way the same geographical area. Please check your facts. (plus they found Illene's body a couple years ago, how come non of this was investigated then?)

    September 1, 2009 at 9:06 pm |
  3. Bonnie

    I am one who is outraged too, for this animal stealing 18 years of
    JC's life I hope that God's will surround her and heal her from this
    unusal life she has lived as a result of her abduction at the ripe age of eleven, which is such a vulnerable age to be taken advantage of
    by this animal.............................................Bonnie

    September 1, 2009 at 9:02 pm |