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Woman held in back yard 'shares her joy' in 'People'

Jaycee Dugard, 29, disappeared from outside her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991 when she was 11. Authorities say she was held in a hidden backyard encampment.

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Jaycee Dugard, 29, disappeared from outside her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991 when she was 11. Authorities say she was held in a hidden backyard encampment.

SAN FRANCISCO — The first photo of Jaycee Dugard since she was reunited with her family after 18 years in captivity shows a smiling woman with long, light brown hair.

Dugard, now 29, tells People magazine she's "so happy to be back with my family" after being reunited Aug. 27. People published the photo and comments from Dugard in its latest issue, which hits newsstands Friday. Story excerpts, and the cover of the magazine with Dugard's picture, were posted on the magazine's Web site Wednesday.

Dugard is living with her mother, Terry Probyn, 50, and two daughters — Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11 — fathered by Phillip Garrido, the man accused of kidnapping her, People reports. Authorities say Dugard and her daughters lived in a hidden encampment of sheds and tents in his back yard.

Garrido and his wife, Nancy, have been charged with kidnapping and rape in Dugard's 1991 disappearance outside her South Lake Tahoe home. The Garridos have pleaded not guilty.

Family spokeswoman Erika Schulte told NBC's Today show Wednesday that Dugard decided to release photos to People as a way to "share her joy with the world" and show how well she's doing.

Schulte said Dugard has formed a close bond with her sister, Shayna, who was a baby when Dugard was taken. Dugard told People she rides horses, cooks meals and may collaborate on a book.

Woman held in back yard 'shares her joy' in 'People' 10/14/09 [Last modified: Wednesday, October 14, 2009 11:04pm]

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