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Police to wrap up Dugard search

The Antioch property
Police say there are no other suspects in the case at the moment

Police in California say they will soon end the search of the property where Jaycee Lee Dugard was held for 18 years, along with a neighbouring house.

A sheriff's office spokesman in Antioch said there remained questions that might take weeks or months to answer.

Police extended the search after it emerged kidnap suspect Phillip Garrido had taken care of the next-door house before the current resident moved in.

Mr Garrido and his wife Nancy deny 29 charges in connection with the case.

They are accused of abducting Jaycee Lee from outside her home in South Lake Tahoe, 200 miles (320km) away, when she was 11.

It is believed Mr Garrido fathered Ms Dugard's two children, the first when she was just 14.

Full cooperation

The Contra Costa County sheriff's office spokesman, Jimmy Lee, said the house next door was now being treated as a crime scene.

Phillip Garrido in the El Dorado Superior Court, Placerville, California, with his lawyer, 28 August
Kidnapping a child under 14
Kidnapping for sexual purposes
False imprisonment by violence
Six counts each of forcible rape
Seven counts each of "forcible lewd act on a child"

He said: "Phillip Garrido had access to that property. He used that property and it looks like he lived on that property in a shed" before current occupant Damon Robinson moved in in 2006.

Mr Robinson had earlier told the Associated Press news agency that Mr Garrido used to act as a caretaker for the property until 2006. Neighbours told AP he used to visit and help out the previous elderly resident.

Mr Lee stressed that Mr Robinson had fully cooperated and was neither a suspect nor a person of interest.

"There are no other suspect leads in this case," Mr Lee said.

He said dogs were being used to search the properties, including those trained to look for bodies.

However, he said it was too early to say if there were any links to other "open cases".

Media have said police have been searching for clues to a number of prostitute murders in the 1990s. Several bodies in the unsolved murders were dumped near an industrial park where Mr Garrido worked.

Jimmy Lee, County Sheriff's spokesman

Mr Lee said officials expected to finish searching the two properties by Sunday evening local time.

The spokesman said he had no information on the progress of Ms Dugard and her children.

They are said to be staying at a motel near San Francisco after being reunited with Ms Dugard's mother, Terri Probyn.

Held without bail

Ms Dugard is believed to have been living in tents and sheds in the backyard of the Garridos' Antioch home for 18 years.

Her identity was rediscovered last week, after Mr Garrido was ordered to a parole meeting by police officers whose suspicions had been aroused by the behaviour of two girls with him.

Jaycee Lee Dugard in a family photo released by Carl Probyn
No pictures have yet been released of Ms Dugard as she looks today

The two officers, Lisa Campbell and Ally Jacobs, met Mr Garrido on Tuesday as he sought to hold a religious meeting on the grounds of the University of California at Berkeley, where the officers work.

Officer Jacobs said something about the girls, aged 11 and 15, alarmed them.

"I think Lisa asked, 'do you guys go to school?' and they both, like robots, [said] 'we're home schooled'."

The officer said they noticed the girls were "extremely pale in comparison" to Mr Garrido, and had "penetratingly blue eyes and I just got a weird uneasy feeling".

Police have apologised for missing an opportunity in November 2006 to find Ms Dugard.

An officer visited the Garrido home when a neighbour - reportedly the then-girlfriend of Mr Robinson - alerted them to suspicious behaviour there.

But the officer only spoke to Mr Garrido and did not enter his property to carry out a search

Mr and Mrs Garrido are being held without bail and a further court hearing has been scheduled for 14 September.

Layout of the back garden where Jaycee Lee Dugard is said to have lived

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