Jaycee Lee Dugard’s aunt, Tina Dugard, took to the podium Thursday morning to share a statement from the Dugard family to the world’s media.
Watch video of Tina Dugard’s press conference above
Dugard also shared three never before seen photos of Jaycee Lee, one of her at 3 years old, one taken at the Halloween before her abduction and one taken January 1991 at the rose parade.
Dugard said that it’s been a “joyful time for the family” and she thanked all the police and law enforcement officers that have helped on the case.
She said that they’ve all been sharing memories and stories and that Jaycee remembers all of the family. In fact, when she saw Dugard she yelled “Auntie Tina!” and “wrapped her arms around and hugged her as tight as she could.”
Dugard also said that Jaycee is enjoying getting to know her little sister, who was just a baby when she was abducted, and couldn’t stop touching her and kissing her face.
The whole family is “laughing and crying together” and although Jaycee’s daughters were not formally educated Jaycee did an amazing job of raising them.
Dugard thanked the public for their outpouring of well wishes and prayers.