Cops Seek Garrido Link to 3 Missing Girls

All snatched off streets within hour of kidnapper's home
By Mary Papenfuss,  Newser User
Posted Sep 1, 2009 4:19 AM CDT
Jaycee Dugard's mom, Terry Probyn, ties pink ribbons to a tree after her daughter's kidnapping. Authorities are looking again at the disappearance of three other girls around the same time.   (AP Photo/Ivor Markman)
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(Newser) – 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."