Jaycee Lee Dugard‘s daughters, Angel, 11, and Starlet, 15, were photographed attending a neighbor’s birthday party just two weeks before their true identities made headlines. (See photo below)
According to neighbor Cheyvonne Molino, there were no signs the girls were living in turmoil. “They were polite. They were well-mannered,” she said.
Garrido owned a small printing company, Printing for Less, which Dugard, whom customers knew as “Allissa” helped him run.
“She was always having a very pretty smile on the face,” said Deepal Karunaratne, who had real estate brochures printed. “She comes and talks to me and was always smiling. She was a very pretty girl, a very pretty young lady.”
Karunaratne did notice the children “were not dressed like average teenage girls. They were dressed very conservatively.”
The children also stood out to Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs, the officers who broke the case last week. “There were some things about him and the kids that were really alarming, that just didn’t settle right with me,” said Campbell.
Of the youngest daughter Jacobs said, “It was almost like she was looking into my soul… her eyes were so penetrating, and she had this smile on her face. I just got a weird, uneasy feeling.”
The girls are said to be distraught that their father, Phillip Garrido, is in jail.
Dugard was forced to tell her daughters that she had been kidnapped and held captive by their father for 18 years, after the girls became upset about him being arrested.
According to Jaycee’s stepfather, Carl Probyn, “He was the girls’ father – they all cried when he was arrested. Jaycee had to explain that she had been kidnapped. They were a family. They wept when he was captured. They were attached to each other. They thought Jaycee was their sister, They don’t realize she was kidnapped.”
Joann Behrman-Lippert, a psychologist who has researched child abductions, told The Times, “For these children their father is still their father, no matter what has happened. It’s very complex and not a black-or-white situation.”
Meanwhile, authorities are looking into whether Garrido may have been behind the disappearance of other young girls dating back to the late 1980s.
The FBI is combing Garrido’s property for evidence relating to unsolved cases. Cadaver dogs unearthed a bone fragment on a neighboring property, but investigators have not yet determined whether it is human or animal.
UPDATE: March 5, 2010 – Jaycee Dugard speaks out on her ordeal – see videos and new photos here.
UPDATE: July 1, 2010 – Jaycee Dugard and her daughters were awarded a $20 million settlement from the California state legislature.
Photo of Jaycee Lee Dugard’s daughters, Starlet and Angel below:
UPDATE: October 14, 2009 Jaycee Dugard photo shoot for People magazine.