On June 10, 1991, Dugard’s mother, who worked as a typesetter at a print house, left for work early in the day. Eleven-year-oldDugard, wearing her favorite all-pink outfit, walked up the hill from her house, against traffic, to catch the school bus. When she was halfway up the hill, a gray car approached her. She thought that the man driving the car would ask for directions.
The man driving the car, Phillip Greg Garrido, rolled down the window, and tased Dugard unconscious with a stun gun and abducted her. Garrido’s wife, Nancy, dragged her into the car, where they removed Dugard’s clothing, leaving only a butterfly-shaped ring that Dugard would hide from them for the next 18 years. Nancy covered Dugard with a blanket, and held her down as the girl drifted in and out of consciousness during the three-hour drive to the Garrido home in Antioch 120 miles away. The only time Dugard spoke was when she pleaded that her parents could not afford a ransom. The district attorney in the Dugard case believed that Nancy had scouted Dugard as a prize for Garrido.