It’s a June morning in California, and Jaycee Dugard leaves home to go to school. She would never arrive, disappearing before she even made it on to the school bus. For 18 long years, her abductor remained at large. Then, one day, a man arrived in Berkeley with two young girls. Could he be the key to a mystery that haunted America for almost two decades?
Jaycee was born on May 3, 1980, in Anaheim, a city on the outskirts of Los Angeles, California. Her mother Terry had become pregnant after a short fling, and Jaycee’s biological father was unaware of her existence. While Jaycee was young, Terry married a man named Carl Probyn.
When Jaycee was ten, her family moved to the rural town of Meyers, close to South Lake Tahoe. Ironically, they believed that it would be a safer neighborhood in which to raise their children. By then, Jaycee had grown into a shy girl who doted on her baby half-sister, Shayna.