Edecio Martinez, CBS News
At my first job in TV at the Fox network show “America’s Most Wanted,” I covered a case that stayed with me for a long, long time. An 11-year-old girl from South Lake Tahoe in Northern California, Jaycee Lee Dugard, had been abducted while waiting for a school bus about two blocks from her home.
Her step dad Carl watched helplessly from his garage as he saw a couple in a station wagon drive up to Jaycee and watched as a female pulled his step daughter into a station wagon.
Carl jumped on his bike and tried to go after the car as it sped off. He only got a generic vehicle description but was able to give police a description of a woman he saw drag Jaycee into the car.
A month or so after the abduction we profiled the case on “Most Wanted.”
In those days at “Most Wanted” we were not after the sensational story. We had one mission–to get the public to come forward with any information they had about a case. It was my first time dealing with the parents of a missing child face to face. More…