NEW YORK — Kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard, held captive for 18 years in a ramshackle backyard compound, was seen cooking with her sister and mother and riding horses in recently shot home videos aired on ABC on Friday.
In one video clip, Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, thanks the public for its support and asks people to respect the family's privacy.
"Please give us the time we need to heal as a family without the prying eyes of photographers and the press," says Probyn, addressing the camera in an outdoor setting. "We released this video to show that we are happy and well, and when we have more to share, we will."
"Hi, I'm Jaycee," says Dugard in another clip, wearing a black shirt, jeans and a pink baseball cap. "I want to thank you for your support and I'm doing well. It's been a long haul, but I'm getting there."
The appearance by Dugard, 29, represents the first time she has been seen and heard on video since she resurfaced six months ago after being kidnapped outside her South Lake Tahoe, Calif., home in 1991.
Dugard has two daughters, now 12 and 15, by convicted sex offender Phillip Garrido. He and his wife, Nancy, are awaiting trial on charges that they kidnapped Dugard.