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    Who reported suspicious activity and when?

    Edited to add address of Garrido at top of this thread: 1554 Walnut Ave. in Antioch, Contra Costa County, California 94509

    I am doing research on building code violations, hoping to affirm my belief that code enforcers are the first line of defense for these situations. I want code enforcers to be trained to look for this kind of thing. As it is, I am finding out that there is a lot of corruption and downright lazyness in code enforcement that puts these young girls at risk. A person should not be able to build a sound-proof torture shack in their backyard!! I mean, can we, as a society, all get on the same page about that!?

    So, if you could help me, I would like to know if there were any code violation complaints for the Garrido property and what was the result?? Where I live this sort of thing is open to the public for anyone who goes into the county planning office. Is there anyone nearby who could go in to check on this for us?

    And also - neighbors complained in 2006. Are there any more details about that? Can we have access to the Sheriff's office computer file on this property? All complaints should be kept in the computer under that address. Is that info open to the public?

    This is what we have so far:
    Neighbors called CCCSO with concerns on or around November 30, 2006. Deputy speaks to Garrido outside of home; clears call within 30 minutes.
    Last edited by love.child; 09-11-2009 at 02:02 PM.

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    Garrido's house was in an unincorporated area of the Contra Costa County where building codes often go ignored. If it had been annexed to the city of Antioch years ago (when it was brought up before the city council) then building codes would have been enforced.

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    Probably why he stayed there so long instead of selling and moving to some area of the country where multiple wives and living out on some compound is accepted.

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    I think it was 2007 when someone called the fire department about a fire in the backyard.

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    Code violations aplenty at Garrido property

    Contra Costa County - Code Enforcement FAQ's


    http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/FAQ.aspx?TID=58

    Garrido property was potentially in violation of many, including abandoned cars, overgrown and unkempt property, and in particular, THIS bit:

    Do I need a permit to build a storage shed?
    Storage sheds, tool sheds and play houses that have a foot print of less than 120 square feet do not require a building permit however do have other restrictions. . In the event you bring a utility such as electricity or water to the structure, or enclose mechanical equipment such as a well or pool pump, permits are required. Electrical, plumbing and mechanical permits are required for a structure that may not require a building permit. Sheds and playhouses are not permitted to be located in the property setbacks. This is a required open space that separates properties around the perimeter of the property. Setback distances vary based on property zoning. The Planning Division (925) 335-1381 will help you determine the set back requirements of your property.

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    From the timeline:
    A multiagency task force in Contra Costa County searched his home in July 2008 as part of a sexual offender compliance check. The team looked in the back, but saw only a screened-in porch and a back fence. There were no signs of children living there.

    An entire team was there in 2008!?

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    I found this quote on the Backyard thread and wanted to put all the similar notes in one thread:

    Originally Posted by Harmony2
    http://www.cnn.com/2009/CRIME/09/07/...ies/index.html
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    There were at least 16 visits from parole officers and seven by the fire department.


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    As recently as June, two months before Dugard was discovered with the Garridos, Contra Costa County firefighters responded to a fire on the property. They doused a car engine that had exploded into flames at the rear of the property, said department spokeswoman Emily Hopkins. They spent two hours there and then left.

    They also visited Garrido's property in fall 2007, after a neighbor reported fire coming from the backyard. In addition, they responded twice in 2008 and three times in 2009 to medical emergencies involving Garrido's elderly mother, Patricia Franzen.

    Fire department officials weren't sure whether more visits were made to the home, because computerized records date only to 2006.

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    Quote Originally Posted by love.child View Post
    From the timeline:
    A multiagency task force in Contra Costa County searched his home in July 2008 as part of a sexual offender compliance check. The team looked in the back, but saw only a screened-in porch and a back fence. There were no signs of children living there.

    An entire team was there in 2008!?
    YES! An entire team was there in July 2008. I've posted this in several threads in addition to the TL, with the news link, and you're the first to really notice it.

    Again, why didn't this task force expand their search?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Californian View Post
    YES! An entire team was there in July 2008. I've posted this in several threads in addition to the TL, with the news link, and you're the first to really notice it.

    Again, why didn't this task force expand their search?
    From the statement of the PO office, they said the back yard was fenced in such a way that officers thought the backyard ended at the fence. And that what was on the other side of the fence belonged to someone else.

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    Well, I hope this case prompts parole officers, multi-agency sex offender task forces, law enforcement, even fire departments, etc., to make one little change in their procedural handbooks and that is to make it a requirement to look up the property in question in Google Maps or Earth and County Records.

    Yeah, it would be a waste of time for all the apartment calls, for example, but if just one person had done this in the Garrido case they would have seen he was living on over 12,000* square feet of property with a bunch of stuff covered up in the far backyard and that more than a cursory check was needed.



    (*link somewhere in the forum, I'll see if I can find it to add here.)


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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew View Post
    I think it was 2007 when someone called the fire department about a fire in the backyard.
    Just curious does anyone know if "fire runs", the times that fire departments are dispatched to a call are still printed in a newspaper, or if they are available on line somewhere now? Used to be they were always printed in the paper.

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    Regarding this article about the tipster who thought he saw Jaycee in Oakley, the sherriffs department is saying the person is annymous and was gone when they got there, but then, how and where did the newspaper get this information?

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...MNS11A1JEG.DTL

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    The DA said she never left the backyard for three and a half years, so that probably wasn't her. In cases like these LE probably gets a ton of sightings like that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billylee View Post
    Regarding this article about the tipster who thought he saw Jaycee in Oakley, the sherriffs department is saying the person is annymous and was gone when they got there, but then, how and where did the newspaper get this information?

    http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...MNS11A1JEG.DTL
    most likely one of the bogus bits of tips that have come over the years.
    the 1991 people article talks with terry about how many tips about her location or who was behind the abduction.......most likely 18 years of stuff like that is what made her skeptical when the fbi called her to tell her they found jaycee

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    Quote Originally Posted by mysteriew View Post
    From the statement of the PO office, they said the back yard was fenced in such a way that officers thought the backyard ended at the fence. And that what was on the other side of the fence belonged to someone else.
    Exactly, and I seriously doubt that PG layed claim to the other side of the fence area when the fire departmentss or pd was there! Absolutley unreal that he was able to hide them in that area for soooooo long. It appears that only the neighbors (apparently, not even Garrido's family, brother, mother, father, aunt, etc.) knew ANYTHING about that area of the yard. It may as well have been a secret basement compartment or something. Scary.

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