Intuition Led Campus Cops to Jaycee's Captor

Phillip Garrido's 'robotic' girls alarmed officers
By Wesley Oliver,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 29, 2009 3:30 PM CDT
Lisa Campbell, manager of the University of California Police Department Special Events, left, and UC Berkeley police officer Ally Jacobs recall their interaction with Phillip Garrido.   (AP Photo/San Francisco Chronicle, Paul Chinn)
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(Newser) – Two UC Berkeley police officers broke the Jaycee Duggard case open this week after her alleged captor visited the campus, People reports. "He was clearly unstable," UC officer Lisa Campbell said of Phillip Garrido. Campbell had a background check run on him and discovered he was a sex offender. When she met with Garrido and his daughters the next day, Campbell's colleague Ally Jacobs joined in.

Jacobs didn't buy it when Garrido said his "life had changed" after doing time for rape and kidnapping years before—especially because his two girls "sat there with no emotion." Her suspicions appeared confirmed when Garrido's parole officer told her he didn't have any daughters. Garrido then met with his parole officer and admitted to kidnapping Jaycee Duggard and having two daughters with her. "I'm glad the horrible ordeal is over," says Jacobs, "but there's a long road ahead."