September 3rd, 2009
06:01 PM ET

Inside the Jaycee Dugard reunion: 'She's fabulous'

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/CRIME/09/03/california.missing.girl/art.dugard.press.cnn.jpg caption="Tina Dugard speaks to the media Thursday about how her niece Jaycee is reconnecting with her family."]

Greg Hardesty
The Orange County Register

Terry Probyn took a brush to her daughter's blond hair and slowly combed through it – a tender ritual she had not performed in 18 years, when her girl, Jaycee Lee Dugard, was just 11.

Reunited with Jaycee last week in Northern California, Probyn got to play mother again to the girl who was snatched away from her – touching her hair, kissing her face, delighting at the sound of her voice.

Tina Dugard, Terry's sister and Jaycee's aunt, sat and watched – disbelief mingled with joy.

"I remember thinking, 'Wow, she's French-braiding Jaycee's hair for the first time in 18 years,' " Tina Dugard said.

The reunification of Terry Probyn with her daughter – and her interactions, for the first time, with Jaycee's two daughters, 11 and 15 – played out in private as the chilling tale of Jaycee's alleged abductor, Phillip Craig Garrido, seized headlines worldwide.

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  1. Bev

    This is the most heart warming story I have read in a very long time. I wish this family happiness and peace. Although as readers we are inquisitive, I hope that they are not hounded, and only reveal what they want to of this very sad but happy ending story. The resourcefulness of Jaycee was incredible, and I think that must reflect the upbringing she received until this madman kidnapped her as an eleven year old child.

    September 4, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  2. Annie Kate

    What an undiluted happy event for this family – I am so delighted for them. It does seem like Jaycee made great strides with the little at her disposal and did her best to educate her daughters. A very resourceful young woman....my best wishes to the whole family.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:24 pm |
  3. Tammy, Houma, LA

    What a beautiful story! I can't help but think that whatever happens, Jaycee and her daughters have people who honestly love them and will guide them through. I can only imagine the joy Terry Probyn and Tina Dugard must be feeling right now.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:22 pm |
  4. Ed

    Wish all the best to Jaycee and her family. The CoCo County Sheriff and the parole officer must lose their jobs. Their bungling of this matter is inexcusable.

    On a side note – no more coverage of Michael Jackson. Enough already. He is so irrelevant when there are so many important real news stories out there.

    Thanks for letting us blog. AC you're great.

    September 3, 2009 at 6:15 pm |