Carl Probyn, the stepfather of Jaycee Lee Dugard — the 11-year-old girl kidnapped 18 years ago who resurfaced this week with two daughters bore to her sex offender kidnapper — described his emotions when his ex-wife told him that Jaycee was found alive to The Early Show Friday.
“It was a total surprise,” he said. “Basically that they had found Jaycee, and then she paused for a few seconds and said, ‘She’s alive’ — so we basically cried for five minutes, just lost it.”
The 60-year-old Probyn — who told the AP he had been a suspect since Dugard went missing in 1991 — expressed his joy and disbelief at the unusual turn in events.
“What a miracle this was after 18 years,” Probyn said. “I had no idea after this long that we’d find her alive. I mean, this is definitely a one-of-a-kind situation. And then she’s healthy and, you know, just unbelievable.”
He said his ex-wife told him Jaycee, now a 29 mother-of-two, looked to be in good spirits after she spent the day with her Thursday.
“She said Jaycee looks like, almost like when she was kidnapped,” he said. “She looks very young, she looks very healthy. She told me that Jaycee feels really guilty for bonding with this guy. She has a real guilt trip.”
Dugards’ kidnapper and father of her two children, 58-year-old Phillip Garrido, was in custody on suspicion of various kidnapping and sex charges. His wife, Nancy Garrido, 54, is also in custody on kidnapping charges.