Tuesday, Dec. 08, 2009

Ally Jacobs and Lisa Campbell

Nobody had spotted Jaycee Lee Dugard since she was abducted near a bus stop in 1991 in South Lake Tahoe, Calif. And that would probably still be the case if it weren't for the professional instincts of two University of California police officers. When Phillip Garrido, the convicted sex offender who kidnapped the 11-year-old Dugard and fathered her two children, showed up on the campus of U.C. Berkeley to ask for permission to hold a religious event there, Police Specialist Lisa Campbell could tell something was not right between Garrido and his daughters. She asked Officer Ally Jacobs to run a background check and sit in on another meeting with the family. Jacobs concurred with Campbell about the girls' behavior and called Garrido's parole officer — who told her that Garrido, who ran a printing business, had no registered children. The next day, Garrido and his wife — who had been present at the time of Dugard's kidnapping — were arrested. The fact that a young woman had spent the past 18 years enduring countless cruelties on a hidden backyard compound in Antioch, Calif., was out.