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* Bone Fragment Found In A Backyard Near The Home Of Suspected Kidnappers Phillip Garrido And Nancy Garrido Is Probably Human

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An independent expert has determined that a bone fragment found in a backyard near the home of suspected kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido is probably human, Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman Jimmy Lee said today.The sheriff’s office will now be sending the fragment to the state DNA laboratory for further testing. Lee noted that the bone fragment could be American Indian and may not be connected to any crime. It is not uncommon to find American Indian bones in the county, he said. Phillip and Nancy Garrido allegedly abducted 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard from a school bus stop near her South Lake Tahoe home on the morning of June 10, 1991.Dugard, now 29, was allegedly forced to live in a series of makeshift sheds and tents in the backyard of the Garridos’ home on Walnut Avenue in unincorporated Contra Costa County just outside Antioch, where she was repeatedly raped and gave birth to two daughters fathered by Garrido, authorities have said.Phillip and Nancy Garrido have been charged with 29 felonies, including kidnapping, forcible rape and false imprisonment, according to the criminal complaint filed in El Dorado County Superior Court.Although both defendants have pleaded not guilty to the charges, authorities have said that Phillip Garrido has confessed to the crimes.The bone fragment was found in the backyard of a neighbor’s property during an extensive search of the Garridos’ property and property they had access to. Law enforcement agencies, including the FBI, the sheriff’s office, and Pittsburg and Antioch police departments, sought to link Garrido to several unsolved homicides in the 1990s. Pittsburg police said last week that they did not find any evidence to link Garrido to the murders. Copyright © 2009 by Bay City News, Inc. — Republication, Rebroadcast or any other Reuse without the express written consent of Bay City News, Inc. is prohibited.

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