The horror story that is the tale of Jaycee Lee Dugard has become the center of mass media attention and public curiosity as to what the pretty little 11-year-old California girl might look like today set off a firestorm of searches for her photo (or any pictures of her, for that matter) on the internet. The Jaycee Lee Dugard’s ordeal has fired the imaginations of many, people attempting to grapple with the enormity of such a long captivity, wondering how it might change a person, curious to see how it might have changed Jaycee Dugard. Knowing also that the young woman had been kept from the outside world and locked away, bearing two children, there are many who wonder what a picture of her would reflect. Since the only pictures of Jaycee Lee Dugard are of her when she was 11 or younger and she has been kept away from cameras since she told authorities who she truly was Wednesday, the only picture of Jaycee Dugard as a 29-year-old — what she would look like today — is an age progression photo of her.
There are no pictures of the Jaycee Lee Dugard’s daughters, who are 15 and 11 years old.
“My wife said she looks almost like she was when she was kidnapped,” Carl Probyn, Jaycee Dugard’s stepfather, told NBC’s “Today Show” Friday. He said he was looking forward to seeing his stepdaughter again.
Carl Probyn was the last person to see Jaycee Dugard alive until Wednesday. She had been walking to the school bus stop when a vehicle pulled over, blocking her way. Probyn recalled that a door opened and he ran to get on his mountain bike. He saw little Jaycee disappear into the car. He gave chase but realized he would not be able to catch them, so returned to his house in South Lake Tahoe, California, and contacted the police.
And for 18 years no one saw Jaycee Lee Dugard. As far as is known, Phillip Garrido and his wife, Nancy Garrido, never took pictures of their captive (and, later, captives).
The age progression photo shows a pretty woman with blonde hair, resembling pictures of the 11-year-old but with bigger, fuller, more mature features. Age progression techniques and facial construction/reconstruction technology has been shown to be amazingly accurate in many cases. When Jaycee Lee Dugard finally allows her image to be shared, it will be interesting to note how closely she resembles that photo today.
Jaycee Lee Dugard’s age progression picture has 18 years of nothing coloring the public’s imagination. And as investigators put together a strange and bizarre story of captivity and lost time, the substance of who Jaycee Lee Dugard is today is slowly being filled in.
Utimately, it is the young woman’s privacy, her psychological and emotional well-being that matters most. The public’s curiosity may have to wait awhile. Jaycee Lee Dugard’s mother said she looks almost like she did when she was abducted. She may also resemble the same little girl emotionally and psychologically, to a certain extent. Picture that.
Pictures of Jaycee Lee Dugard: At 11 years of age and age progressed photo.
“Today Show,” NBC Television