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Cops believe 1991 kidnap victim found alive

Liz De La Torre

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From The Associated Press

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Sheriff’s officials said Thursday they believe a woman who walked into a police station had been kidnapped as an 11-year-old in 1991 outside her South Lake Tahoe home.

The woman came into the Concord police station and said she was Jaycee Lee Dugard, the victim of the abduction 18 years ago, said sheriff’s Lt. Les Lovell of the El Dorado Sheriff‘s Department.

“We’re 99 percent sure it’s her,” Lovell said. He said DNA tests were being conducted. It was not immediately clear when she had surfaced at the station.

Lovell said Concord police did an investigation after the woman surfaced, and he received a call Wednesday from investigators who had tentatively identified her as Dugard.

“Her family has been contacted and they are in the process of arranging” a meeting, said Lovell, who was a detective assigned to help investigate the kidnapping in 1991. “We are very confident at this point in time that it is her.”

Witnesses reported that a vehicle with two people drove up to Dugard and abducted her while her stepfather was watching on June 10, 1991, the Sheriff’s Department said in a news release Thursday.

The investigation has been ongoing since she was abducted

Lovell said two people are in custody in connection with the case, but he could not elaborate.

The sheriff’s department has scheduled a news conference to discuss the case later Thursday.

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