SOURCE - ASSOCIATED PRESS TELEVISION - AP CLIENTS ONLY
Washington - 7 May, 2013
1. SOUNDBITE: John Walsh/Host, America's Most Wanted
They found three girls. They found two girls that we profiled on America's Most Wanted several times. Amanda Berry, we did her case. She was kidnapped at 16 and listed as a runaway because she was going to be 17 the next day. And it took her mother, who died of a broken heart, months to convince police that she wasn't a runaway. That something terrible happened to her. Gina DeJesus, I profiled her. She was 14 when she was kidnapped.
2. SOUNDBITE: John Walsh/Host, America's Most Wanted
But Gina DeJesus didn't qualify to become an Amber Alert because there was thought maybe she ran away at 14. And I was just on Wolf Blitzer's show and he showed me a clip of nine years ago when I disappeared with the cops and said Amanda and Gina, probably the same guy. Didn't know it was three guys. Michele Knight was one of the women that were recovered with Amanda and Gina. 20 years old. Cops didn't even take the report. Her family said she didn't run away, she's missing. She didn't even make it into the missing person report.
3. SOUNDBITE: Jaycee Dugard/Held Captive for 18 Years
Thank you for tonight. I want to say, what an amazing time to be talking about hope, with everything that's happening.
4. Terry Probyn/Jaycee Dugard's Mother
Another miracle happened yesterday. And three girls are alive. And I feel the same relief and joy that I felt when Jaycee was returned to me after 18 hellish years.
America's Most Wanted host John Walsh and kidnapping victim Jaycee Dugard spoke Tuesday to a National Center for Missing and Exploited Children awards dinner in Washington, DC. Walsh pointed out his show profiled the cases of Gina DeJesus and Amanda Berry, two of the three women found alive in Cleveland on Monday. He said he just saw a TV clip of himself nine years ago, and that he said at the time that the two were 'probably victims of the same guy.'
Dugard was abducted from a California bus stop in 1991 at age 11 and was held captive for 18 years in a backyard, where she gave birth to two children conceived by rape. She made an oblique reference Tuesday to the Cleveland case as she accepted an award in Washington from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.
"What an amazing time to be talking about hope, with everything that's happening," she said in her brief remarks.
She urged the hundreds of people at the annual awards gala not to give up on missing children.
"Just urge yourself to care," she said.
Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, said in Washington that she understood what the relatives of the Cleveland victims were going through.
"I feel the same relief and the same joy that I felt when Jaycee was returned to me safely after 18 hellish years," she said. "I never doubted for one minute that I would someday be reunited with my daughter."