Garrido bones likely American Indian

October 9, 2009 5:43:25 PM PDT
Forensic anthropologists have confirmed that four bone fragments found near the home of suspected kidnappers Phillip and Nancy Garrido are probably human, old and most likely American Indian, Contra Costa County sheriff's spokesman Jimmy Lee said today.

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Investigators from the sheriff's office and Antioch and Pittsburg police found the bone fragments Aug. 31 on the Garridos' property and on their neighbor's property, which the Garridos' had access to.

They were sent to the Department of Justice's Forensic Services Bureau for analysis, but experts were not able to recover any human DNA from them, Lee said.

Sheriff's investigators also confirmed today they are continuing to follow up on an earlier report of two young girls, believed to be 6 or 7 years old, who had reportedly been seen with Phillip Garrido before his arrest.

The girls are not believed to be the two daughters Phillip Garrido fathered with kidnap victim Jaycee Dugard.

Investigators have conducted numerous interviews and probation searches, but still have not been able to find any evidence of the two girls.

Anyone with information about them is asked to call the sheriff's office at (925) 313-2630.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido remain in custody in El Dorado County on charges stemming from the 1991 abduction of Jaycee Dugard, who was 11-years old when she was snatched near her South Lake Tahoe home.

Dugard, now 29, was allegedly forced to live in a series of tents and sheds in the Garridos' backyard for 18 years, where she gave birth to two daughters fathered by Phillip Garrido.

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