Jaycee Dugard and Cleveland kidnapping cases have similarities

May 7, 2013 12:00:00 AM PDT
There are some similarities between the Cleveland kidnapping case and the Bay Area's Jaycee Dugard case.

Dugard was 11 years old when she was abducted by a couple in South Lake Tahoe. She was held in captivity at home near Antioch for 18 years.

The quiet Antioch neighborhood where Jaycee Dugard was held captive seems back to normal, away from the media glare, when her kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido were arrested in 2010 and sent to prison for decades.

The Garrido home has been fixed up and sold and any of their neighbors have left.

Helen Boyer lives right next door.

As she watched the news coverage of the three abducted Cleveland women being saved, she saw similarities to the Garrido case.

"Oh, not another case like Garrido. You know, I did think that and I thought 'how terrible, how terrible,'" Boyer said.

In the Cleveland incident, the neighbors never suspected anyone was being held against their will.

Same in Antioch, no one thought it was the Garridos who kidnapped Dugard in 1991 and held her captive. She later gave birth to Garrido's two children.

"If had I heard anything, or had I sure found out what's, you know, try to find out what's going on and I would have turned him in. I wouldn't have stood for that one minute," Boyer said.

Dugard released a statement about the case similar to hers:

"These individuals need the opportunity to heal and connect back into the world. This isn't who they are. It is only what happened to them. The human spirit is incredibly resilient. More then (sic) ever, this affirms we should never give up hope."

Dustin Mehl moved in a few doors down from the Garridos after they made headlines.

Some of his neighbors are still upset they didn't discover Dugard sooner. He hopes the neighbors in Cleveland don't have the same regret.

"No they shouldn't blame themselves, no, because you just never know. You can't read people," said Mehl.


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