Later that day, Garrido returned with the two girls. This time, Allison sat in on his meeting with Lisa so her co-worker wouldn't have to be alone with him. While he talked, Lisa says she studied the children.

"I'm looking at the 11-year-old, who is staring at me unlike any other stare I've ever had at me by a child in my life," she says. "You can usually tell what their eyes are saying, and they're very animated with their eyes. ... I'm not getting any kind of read from her at all."

Lisa and Allison let Garrido leave with the girls because they didn't have anything to arrest him for, but they didn't stop searching for evidence of a crime. Allison called Garrido's parole officer to tell him about their interactions with his parolee.

"When I got to the point of his two girls, his two daughters, he says, 'He doesn't have any daughters,'" Allison says. "My heart just fell down into my stomach. Here I am thinking: 'Did we just let someone go who kidnapped these kids? What did I do wrong?'"

Soon after that phone call, police officers followed up on Lisa and Allison's report and discovered Jaycee and her true identity. When Garrido's parole office called Allison to share the exciting developments, she says she never imagined it would become an international news story. "I said: 'Cool. That's great,'" she says. "I'm glad that I helped this family, and I just left it at that. I didn't think it was going to turn into what it's turned into."


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