Cops: No Evidence Linking Garrido to Dead Hookers

Search of alleged Dugard kidnapper's home finds no connection to unsolved '90s killings
By Will McCahill,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 1, 2009 7:06 PM CDT
Erma Williams looks through a chain link fence outside of the Phillip Garrido residence in Antioch, Calif., today.   (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Police say they’ve found no evidence linking Phillip Garrido—alleged to have abducted a California girl and imprisoned her for 18 years—to a series of unsolved murders of prostitutes in the late 1990s, the Contra Costa Times reports. After Garrido, a registered sex offender, was apprehended with missing Jaycee Lee Dugard, authorities began digging for clues about killings near where Garrido worked in neighboring Pittsburg.

"Aside from a few items that will require further forensic examination before they can be completely excluded," a police spokesman said, "we did not locate any evidence to connect the Garridos to Pittsburg's unsolved cases."