Investigators face scrutiny in Dugard case

August 30, 2009 1:01:19 PM PDT
There is word that investigators in the Garrido case may themselves be investigated.

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A Contra Costa County supervisor says he may take action against several law enforcement divisions including the sheriff's department. The sheriff admitted to passing up on an opportunity in 2006 that would have uncovered the case sooner.

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"We will do what's in our power here, the board of supervisors, who will be very serious about this," Federal Glover told ABC7.

He is calling for an investigation into the law enforcement dealings that left Jaycee Dugard in the hands of her kidnappers for 18 years. He first blames the California parole system, charged with monitoring known criminals' actions year after year. He also disappointed in the county code enforcement office and the sheriff's department. Both made visits to the house specifically dealing with the compound of tents in the Garrido's backyard and neither found anything wrong.

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"It would be premature to say if there was an opportunity that was just obvious that some heads should roll, but we'll wait on the results of an investigation to see what it looks like," Glover said.

The board itself cannot take action against the sheriff's office or the Department of Corrections, but it can ask the attorney general's office to do so. Jerry Brown's office currently has no plans to take action but may in the future.

Glover's immediate plan is to ask the sheriff to report his plans to the county's public protection committee which Glover chairs. While the finger pointing continues, neighbors continue watching as officers bring out more evidence which may have been missed.

"How much more? Because that's going on 18 years where I've been here and didn't know that was going on," said neighbor Polly White.

Phillip Garrido also wore a GPS ankle bracelet that tracked his every movement. He met with his parole agent several times each month and was subject to surprise visits.

The most recent visit took place in July 2009.

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