Calif. Girl Abducted in 1991 Reappears

Cops arrest alleged kidnappers of Jaycee Lee Dugard, now 29
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 27, 2009 2:06 PM CDT
Jaycee Lee Dugard is seen in this FBI handout image.   (FBI)

(Newser) – A woman missing since she was abducted in 1991 at age 11 stunned authorities and her family yesterday when she walked into a northern California police station, the Contra Costa Times reports. Jaycee Lee Dugard's alleged kidnappers, a married couple, have been arrested and charged with kidnapping and other offenses; the husband, a registered sex offender, faces rape charges.

Dugard’s stepfather Carl Probyn said his wife, from whom he is separated, called him at 4pm yesterday, the San Francisco Chronicle reports. “She basically said, ‘Are you sitting down? They found Jaycee—she’s alive.’” Probyn says the FBI called his wife, who believed it was a cruel joke until she spoke to the woman on the phone. Now Terry Probyn and the couple's other daughter are flying to Northern California to meet the woman.