Calif. police, seeking link to abductions, resume digging
ANTIOCH, Calif. - Police investigating two child abductions resumed digging yesterday on the property where a Northern California couple held a girl captive for 18 years.
Police are trying to determine whether the couple charged with kidnapping Jaycee Dugard are linked to cases in nearby cities around the same time.
So far, the search in Phillip and Nancy Garrido’s backyard has not revealed any link to the 1988 abduction of Michaela Garecht or the 1989 disappearance of Ilene Misheloff.
Hayward police Lieutenant Chris Orrey said search dogs combed the area yesterday. She said two dogs that are trained to look for human bones detected something in the same vicinity where cadaver dogs picked up a scent last week.
Authorities reported disturbed soil last week that could indicate that something lies buried in the area.
Orrey said if the digging turned up nothing, the search could end today.
Police said Dugard, who was snatched outside her South Lake Tahoe home in 1991, has not supplied any information to indicate the Garridos were involved in the kidnapping of 9-year-old Garecht outside a Hayward market and the disappearance of 13-year-old Misheloff in Dublin.
Dublin authorities have not directly interviewed Dugard, but have asked other law enforcement agencies involved in her case to ask questions for them.