Police: Jaycee Dugard Questioned About Other Kidnappings

Jaycee pleads for her pets; Garrido property search continues.

September 17, 2009, 10:07 PM

Sept. 18, 2009— -- Jaycee Dugard misses one aspect of her life in captivity - her pets.

The woman who was kidnapped and forced to live in Phillip and Nancy Garrido's backyard for 18 years had a menagerie of pets and wants them back.

Contra Costa County animal services Lt. Joe DeCosta told the Associated Press that an advocate of Dugard has indicated that she wants her five cats, two dogs, three cockatiels, a pigeon and a mouse back in her possession.

DeCosta said the animals were taken into custody when police arrested the Garridos and Dugard and her two children fathered by Phillip Garrido were reunited with her mother. The animals were placed in temporary foster homes.

The pets were in good condition, DeCosta said, and officials were working on reuniting them with Dugard.

Dugard made a plea for her pets as it emerged that police has been questioned about other missing children, but her answers did not yield conclusive information.

Investigators from several agencies are now several days into their search, which they hope will yield clues in the 1988 abduction of 9-year-old Michaela Garecht and the 1989 disappearance of 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff. Both cases, they have said, bear similarities to the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard.

On Friday, investigators found a bone while removing debris but have not yet determined whether it is animal or human.

Garrido and his wife Nancy, who are accused of keeping Dugard in their backyard for 18 years, have not yet been interviewed by police in the other two cases. Hayward Police. Lt. Chris Orrey, whose department is investigating Michaela's kidnapping said it would be premature to do so while the search is still ongoing.

There has not yet been any evidence that conclusively links the Garridos to any cases other than Dugard's, but investigators have bone fragments that have not yet been determined to be animal or human. Cadaver dogs "indicated" at a spot in the backyard on Thursday and archaeological dogs will be brought in to search for older bones.

"We have recovered numerous pieces of evidence that we want to look closer at and examine," Dublin Police Lt. Kurt Von Savoye said.

Though the lack of hard evidence doesn't give the families closure they want, Orrey said, it could mean the girls are alive somewhere.

"It's a mixed blessing either way," she said. Both lieutenants said that if it turns out the Garridos were not involved with the girls' abductions, they hope the attention brought to their cases will yield tips that could lead to a resolution.

Orrey said the search could continue into next week, though it will be suspended over the weekend both to cut costs and to give investigators a much needed break.

While police in California have seen enough similiarities between the Jaycee Dugard and two other missing girls to warrant the massive search of the Antioch, Calif. property, the woman who saw Michaela Garecht get pulled into a car 21 years ago has her own reasons to suspect Phillip Garrido.

Katrina Rodriguez was 9 when she saw her friend grabbed off a street in 1988. She saw the man who grabbed Michaela and was startled when she saw pictures of Garrido after he was arrested, recognizing something in his eyes.

"I see that same intensity," Rodriguez said. "That creepy look that I don't think I'll ever forget."

She is hopeful investigators combing through Garrido's Antioch, Calif. property will turn up evidence.

"I am certain that he should be looked at as a suspect because of my reaction to his photo and all the other similarities in the cases," Rodriguez, now a grown woman, said in an exclusive interview with "Good Morning America."

"I want closure so badly that I would love for it to be him," she said.

Cadaver Dogs Have "Indicated" at Garrido Property

In November 1988, the two girls had been allowed to take their scooters to a nearby store in Hayward, Calif., a trip Michaela had never been allowed to make on her own until that day. As they got ready to leave, they noticed that one of their scooters was missing and split up to find it.

Rodriguez, then also 9 years old, said Michaela was the one to find the missing scooter, which had been moved from where they left it.

"As I bent down to pick up the other scooter I heard screaming," she said.

And as Rodriguez looked up, she got a good look at the kidnapper who had pulled Michaela into the car and sped off. Twenty-one years later when she got a look at Phillip Garrido, and was struck again by his eyes.

Rodgriguez said Michaela has always been in her thoughts, but after Jaycee Dugard was found alive 18 years after her 1991 abduction, she began to have renewed hope that Michaela's kidnapping would be solved -- especially when she saw the car that was impounded from Garrido's house.

That grey Ford sedan, which authorities say was used in Dugard's kidnapping and which is similar to a car seen in the area the day Ilene disappeared, also struck a chord with Rodriguez. So much so that she called Michaela's mother.

"I saw that on the news," she said. "I called Michaela's mother and said 'Oh my God, have you seen this?'"

Rodriguez said she was also startled by the striking resemblence between Michaela and Jaycee Dugard. Seeing photos of Dugard as a child after she was found brought back feelings of guilt, she said, and sadness.

"It's been difficult at times. But I'm thankful I've had the life I have had," she said, adding that she's gone to college, gotten married and had children. "That's something Michaela probably hasn't had."

Authorities found bone fragments on the Garrido property Wednesday and on Thursday, two cadaver dogs "indicated" on the same spot, which will be dug up.

"The first dog, by their description, was very tentative on his indication," said Sgt. J.D. Nelson of the Alameda County Sheriff's Department. "The second dog was more direct and indicating very directly."

Police cautioned that under some circumstances cadaver dogs will give a false positive. On Friday, authorities will begin using archeological dogs, dogs that are able to detect older bones.

It is not yet known whether the bone pieces found this week are animal or human, but a separate bone fragment found in an earlier search as part of the Dugard investigation tested as likely human.

Jaycee Dugard Reunited With Family, Garridos Sit in Jail

Authorities from several agencies are considering the possibility that Garrido may have been involved in a string of abductions.

"Our investigators immediately started looking into the possibility that the Garridos had some connection," Dublin Polict Lt. Kurtvon Savoye said. "Additionally, we know that based on the Dugard investigation as well as Mr. Garrido's history, these people -- people who commit these offenses -- tend to be predatory and tend to have multiple victims."

Garrido and his wife, Nancy have pleaded not guilty to all charges. Garrido is being held on $30 million bail. Nancy Garrido's attorney has not request bail.

Jaycee Dugard and the two daughters, 11 and 15, that police say Garrido fathered during the young woman's 18-year imprisonment have been kept in seclusion with Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn.

The Associated PABC News Correspondent Brian Rooney and ABC News.com's Meredith Blake contributed to this story.

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