Images Show Garridos Lived in Squalor

By KCRA.com
|  Friday, Sep 18, 2009  |  Updated 10:28 AM PDT
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A Glimpse Into the Jaycee Lee Dugard Mystery

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Nancy Garrido and her husband Phillip Garrido, a registered sex offender, were arrested Wednesday Aug. 26 for the 1991 kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard.

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A child's sneaker lies in the sand. Dishes are stacked in the kitchen sink. And a box of crayons sits next to a filthy fish tank.

Those are some of the 102 images that appear in newly-released photographs of the home of Phillip and Nancy Garrido in Antioch.


Authorities allege that the Garridos kidnapped Jaycee Dugard in 1991, that Phillip Garrido fathered two daughters with her and that the couple held all three captive for several years.

Contra Costa County building inspectors took the photographs on Aug. 31 when they condemned the property at 1554 Walnut Avenue as unsafe to occupy. KCRA obtained the photographs from the building department on Thursday through an official public records act request.

Many of the photographs show piles of boxes, mattresses, and debris in the back yard. Others show a wooden shed with makeshift electrical wiring and metal bars on the window. Also visible in the piles are two Barbie-style dolls and a stuffed panda.

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There is a damaged above-ground swimming pool, a child's bicycle and a plastic white toilet.

The interior rooms are in a state of disarray, with pieces of furniture piled on top of one another and papers strewn on the floor.

Pots and dishes fill the kitchen sink and cover the counters and stove. Cupboards are open. A can of pinto beans, a jar of peanut butter and a box of crackers sit on a microwave oven stand.

In another room, a projection screen sits against a wall and a computer sits on a dark wooden desk. Above the computer, apparently taped to the wall, are printed definitions of the words "faith" and "truth."

A written report signed by building inspector Dan Wilson and dated Sept. 10 identifies the property owner as Patricia Franzen, who is Phillip Garrido's elderly mother. Among the violations listed on the report are "hazardous wiring used for occupancy, piles of garbage, refuse, discarded furniture, discarded appliances, yard cuttings, cardboard boxes and barrels, discarded personal and household items, improperly stored non operational vehicles, vehicle parts, tarps, plastic and metal buckets, open septic hole and outside toilet that is not connected to a sewer or septic system."

The Garridos, who are being held in jail in Placerville, have already pleaded not guilty to charges in the Dugard case.

Since Tuesday, there's been an extensive search involving search dogs and ground-penetrating radar on the Garrido property and a neighboring yard, to which Phillip Garrido had access.

Hayward police Lt. Christine Orrey said her department is looking for clues to the kidnapping of Michaela Garecht in 1988, including the clothes she was wearing when the then-9-year-old was snatched outside of a supermarket. Dublin police are also looking for links to the kidnapping of 13-year-old Ilene Misheloff in 1989.

Similarities between the 1980s cases and the 1991 abduction of Dugard prompted the search.

Authorities said they found a small bone fragment during a search Wednesday. However, it's unknown if the fragment is human or animal.

"From an evidence-collecting perspective, it's very difficult. This is kind of like sifting through a landfill," J.D. Nelson from the Alameda County Sheriff's Department said Wednesday. "I would describe it as somebody who's saved and collected years and years and years worth of junk."

Orrey said some structures were torn down, including a carport, during the search. Authorities could also be seen cutting down trees and clearing brush. Raw Video: Dog Searches Garrido Property

Investigators have not been able to question the Garridos in connection to the two other cases, nor have they been able to talk to Dugard about what she might know about them, according to officials.

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