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Jaycee Lee Dugard: First picture of woman kidnapped and held captive by paedophile for 18 years


This is the first picture of Jaycee Lee Dugard taken as an adult after she was released from her 18-year kidnap ordeal.

The image has appeared on the cover of America's People magazine, and was published on the magazine's website earlier today.

It shows an adult Jaycee, now aged 29, smiling directly at the camera. Her hair is darker and waved, and her smile is slightly different - but the resemblance to her 11-year-old self is clear.

There are no visible signs of the trauma she must have suffered during her 18 years in captivity, when police believe she was used as a sex slave by her captor, Phillip Garrido, who eventually fathered her two children.

Eight more pictures of Jaycee with her family are to be published in Friday's issue of People magazine. An interview with the family spokeswoman will also be published then.

Speaking publicly for the first time since her release two months ago, Jaycee said in a statement released exclusively to People magazine: 'I'm so happy to be back with my family. Nothing is more important than the unconditional love and support I have from them.'

Full article in Daily Mail
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Clarence Mitchell, spokesman for Kate and Gerry McCann, said it gave hope that one day daughter Madeleine, snatched in Portugal in 2007, could be found safe and well. He said: "They are extremely pleased. It strengthens their determination never to stop looking for Madeleine."

He added: "Jaycee's case underlines statistics which say the younger a child is when she is taken, the more likely she is to be cared for and kept alive over an extended period."