Jaycee Dugard to Remain in Hiding

Jaycee Dugard to Remain in Hiding, Kidnapping survivor Jaycee Dugard has made her first public appearance over the weekend at a star-studded New York awards ceremony, but she plans to remain in hiding until her daughters are mature enough to understand what happened to them, she said in a recent interview.

Dugard, 31, and her two children, ages 14 and 17, have been living at an undisclosed California location since being found by authorities in 2009, 18 years after she was abducted from a bus stop.

She was held by Phillip and Nancy Garrido in their backyard, where she gave birth to two children conceived by rape.

In an interview set to air on Tuesday night, Dugard told ABC News that she’s spent the last three years healing and experiencing life with her family.

“I want my girls to have a normal life as much as possible,” she told ABC News’ Diane Sawyer.

“I feel like on some things I have to do it a little bit differently … not be recognised … for their sake.”

“I think in time as they get older, they’ll know how to deal with it better, and that would be the time that we would come out,” she said.

Dugard has been working to build the JAYC Foundation, which aims to support families dealing with abduction and other tragedies. She wrote a best-selling memoir last year, A Stolen Life, which recounts her years in captivity.

Phillip Garrido is serving a 431-year prison sentence, and Nancy Garrido is serving 36 years to life, after both struck plea deals on kidnapping and rape charges.
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