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Girl missing 18yrs found alive

2009-08-27 22:07

Sacramento - Sheriff's officials said on Thursday they believe a woman who walked into a police station had been kidnapped as an 11-year-old in 1991 outside her South Lake Tahoe home.

The woman came into the Concord police station and said she was Jaycee Lee Dugard, the victim of the abduction 18 years ago, said the official,  Les Lovell.

"We're 99% sure it's her and DNA tests were being conducted."

Lovell said Concord police did an investigation after the woman surfaced and he received a call on Wednesday from investigators who had tentatively identified her as Dugard.

"Her family has been contacted and they are in the process of arranging a meeting”, said Lovell, who was a detective assigned to help investigate the kidnapping in 1991.

"We’re very confident at this point in time that it is her."

Witnesses reported that a vehicle with two people drove up to Dugard and abducted her while her stepfather was watching on June 10 1991, the Sheriff's Department said in a news release on Thursday.

The investigation has been ongoing since she was abducted.

Lovell said two people were in custody in connection with the case, but he could not elaborate.