California authorities spoke to a woman who had been kidnapped and held captive for 18 years by a paroled rapist who fathered her two daughters, but they failed to determine her identity, says a new state report quoted by the Los Angeles Times. State parole agents talked to Jaycee Lee Dugard and her eldest daughter during a supervised visit with Phillip Garrido, who was living in a ramshackle compound northeast of Oakland, and kept the woman and her children hidden in a backyard shed.
The report offers some of the strongest evidence yet that parole agents could have rescued Dugard during a period in which authorities say she was raped repeatedly, she and her daughters were prevented from attending school and they were provided little or no access to medical services. “The failure to discover Ms. Dugard before 18 years had elapsed is tragic,” the document said. The report provided a legal analysis of the case for state lawmakers before their vote last week to pay a $20 million settlement to Dugard and her family.