SACRAMENTO—Jaycee Dugard, the California woman who was kidnapped at age 11 and held captive for 18 years before being found in 2009, will tell her harrowing tale in a new book, publisher Simon and Schuster said on Monday.
The book, which has yet to be titled, was written by Dugard and will cover her 1991 abduction, the nearly two decades of being held in a squalid warren of tents in her abductor's backyard, and her mental health since she was freed.
Dugard was abducted by Phillip Craig Garrido and his wife Nancy Garrido from a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, California. Police had scant evidence to trace Dugard, and her whereabouts remained unknown until Phillip Garrido was questioned by a campus police officer at the University of California in Berkeley, east of San Francisco.
Garrido had been stopped when he was handing out religious pamphlets along with two young girls, who police later came to believe he had fathered with Dugard. A parole officer for Garrido, who previously had been jailed, was contacted and Dugard was found at the Garridos' home in Antioch, Calif.
Garrido and his wife, who are both in their 50s, were charged with 29 crimes that included kidnapping for sexual purposes, forcible lewd acts and rape.
After the ordeal Dugard, now 30, returned to her parents along with her two daughters. In the days that followed, her aunt Tina Dugard described the homecoming as a "joyous time" for their family.
Garrido previously served 10 years in prison for the 1976 rape of another South Lake Tahoe woman. He was arrested in 1972 for drugging and raping a 14-year-old girl but was never prosecuted because she refused to testify in court.