316: Chris Campion – Jaycee Dugard, Child Abduction Case

In this episode of FBI Retired Case File Review, retired agent Chris Campion reviews the Jaycee Dugard child abduction case, and his time investigating her disappearance throughout the 18 years she was missing.

Chris and his FBI colleagues, and his law enforcement partners, worked viable leads from the day 11-year-old Jaycee was taken in 1991 right up to that day in 2009, when she was miraculously recovered. However, the FBI did not solve the case. Parole agent Edward Santos Jr. and UC Berkeley police officer Ally Jacobs followed their intuition, which led to Jaycee being found. She never left California, so her kidnappers were prosecuted by the state and not prosecuted federally.

Chris also reviews how the FBI helped Jaycee and her daughters re-enter life. This is Chris’s first time talking publicly about the case.

Special Agent (Retired)

Chris Campion

11/1989 – 8/2014

Chris Campion served in the FBI for 25 years. He was assigned to the Sacramento Division, South Lake Tahoe Resident Agency, which covers five counties, and 10,000 square mile territory in the Sierra Nevada mountains. He investigated national security and criminal matters, including terrorism, public corruption, civil rights, white collar crime, organized crime, gangs, and crimes against children.

Chris was also a member of the SWAT team member for 10 years, followed by 15 years as a hostage negotiator, becoming Sacramento’s Crisis Negotiation Coordinator and a member of Quantico’s Crisis Negotiation Unit (CNU) Critical Incident Negotiations Team (CINT) doing international deployments for training and operations.

Chris served as the division’s National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime (NCAVC) field coordinator for 15 years and was a Bureau firearms instructor. In 1997, he was awarded the FBI Shield of Bravery for a deadly encounter with an armed fugitive.

Since retirement, Chris has been an investigator for a Fortune 100 multinational tech company doing internal major fraud and FCPA investigations. He also teaches criminal justice classes at his local community college.

The following are links to news article about the investigation and recovery of Jaycee Dugard and her two daughters, links to her books, and case related photos:

Tahoe Daily Tribune – 9/7/2009: Thousands attend parade in honor of Jaycee Lee Dugard

CNN.com – Jaycee Dugard opens up after 18-year kidnapping ordeal

People Magazine – 7/6/2016: Jaycee Dugard Talks Life in Captivity, Being Dressed Up by Her Kidnapper

Today.com – 10/14/2009: First photo: Jaycee Dugard as she is now

Freedom: My Book of Firsts by Jaycee Dugard

To learn more about how the FBI investigates child abduction and kidnapping cases, listen to these FBI Retired Case File Review episodes.

People Magazine cover with photos of Jaycee when she was rescued, and at the age she was abducted.
Chris Campion with parole agent Edward Santos Jr. and University of California Berkeley police officer Ally Jacobs, whose instincts told them that Jaycee and her daughters were in danger.
Original missing child flyer for Jaycee Dugard.
Image of Jaycee around the age when she was abducted.
Image of the two-toned sedan used by her kidnapper to abduct Jaycee was recovered in his garage under a tarp.






























Jerri Williams

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Jerri Williams, a retired FBI agent, author and podcaster, jokes that she writes about the FBI to relive her glory days. After 26 years with the Bureau specializing in major economic fraud and corruption investigations, she calls on her professional encounters with scams and schemers to write police procedurals inspired by true crime FBI cases in her Philadelphia FBI Corruption Squad crime fiction series featuring flawed female FBI agent Kari Wheeler. Jerri’s FBI for Armchair Detectives nonfiction series enables readers to discover who the FBI is and what the FBI does by debunking misconceptions about the FBI in books, TV, and movies. Her books are available as ebooks, paperbacks, and audiobooks wherever books are sold. She’s also the host of FBI Retired Case File Review, a true crime podcast with more than 300 episodes available on all popular podcast apps and YouTube.

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