Investigators are hunting for clues linking kidnap-rapist Phillip Garrido to the unsolved disappearances of three young girls near his home, reports the Independent. The three, ranging in age from 4 to 13, were all snatched off the street in broad daylight—just as Jaycee Dugard was at the age of 11—within an hour of Garrido's home. The abductions occurred beginning in 1988, after Garrido was released on parole on a kidnap-rape conviction, and ended after Jaycee was abducted in 1991.
Michaela Garecht, 9, was kidnapped just three months after Garrido was freed. None of the girls' bodies has been found. "If Jaycee can be alive, Michaela can be alive," her mom said. "It really has my hopes up. I would give anything for her to be able to come home and hold her in my arms and give her the love I've been holding on to for the past 20 years."