"I tell you here's the story of what took place at this house and you're going to be absolutely impressed.
"It's a disgusting thing that took place with me in the beginning. But I turned my life completely around," he said.
Some of those who had had contact with Mr Garrido over recent years said he had developed increasingly strong religious beliefs.
Tim Allen, who did business with Mr Garrido's printing firm, told Associated Press that Mr Garrido gave the impression he was planning to establish a church. "He rambled. It made no sense," Mr Allen said.
'Given up hope'
Police said they had found a vehicle hidden in the backyard of the Antioch property that matched the vehicle described at the time of the abduction.
It broke my marriage up. I've gone through hell, I mean I'm a suspect up until yesterday
Carl Probyn, stepfather
Although Mr Garrido was previously visited by a parole officer, there was nothing odd noticed about the backyard.
The area occupied by Ms Dugard and her children was concealed by shrubs, rubbish bins and a tarpaulin.
Ms Dugard's stepfather, Carl Probyn, who witnessed the abduction on 10 June 1991, said he had "given up hope" she would be found alive.
"It broke my marriage up. I've gone through hell, I mean I'm a suspect up until yesterday," Mr Probyn, 60, told AP.
Mr Probyn saw the young girl being taken away by two people as she walked from her home to a school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe.
He said a stranger drove up and grabbed Ms Dugard, bundling her into a grey car even as she tried to resist by kicking and screaming.
Mr Probyn believed a man and woman were in the vehicle. Despite several false reports of sightings in the intervening years, Ms Dugard was never seen again.
"She sounds like she's okay," Mr Probyn said. "I hope she's been well-treated this entire 18 years.
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