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By Dan Whitcomb
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - People magazine on Wednesday released the first photographs of the adult Jaycee Dugard, the California woman who surfaced 18 years after being kidnapped on her way to school.
Dugard is seen smiling broadly on the magazine's cover. In the image she closely resembles pictures from her childhood that have been shown around the world since she was freed seven weeks ago -- but with wavy brown hair instead of the straight blond locks of her youth.
Meanwhile, sources told Reuters that Dugard's mother, Terry Probyn, has reached a book deal with publisher Random House. The book will apparently chronicle Dugard's abduction, Probyn's nearly nearly two-decade search for her daughter and the family's emotional reunion.
Dugard, 29, did not grant People an interview but told the magazine in a brief statement: "I'm so happy to be back with my family. "Nothing is more important than the unconditional love and support that I have from them."
Photos inside the magazine show her smiling with family members and riding a horse at the undisclosed California location where she has lived since gaining her freedom.
Dugard's two daughters -- believed fathered by her kidnapper -- are in the photographs. The girls, 15-year-old Angel and 11-year-old Starlit, were photographed from behind and their faces cannot be seen.
People spokeswoman Claudia DiRomualdo said Dugard approached the magazine with the pictures, which were taken by an independent photographer. DiRomualdo declined to say if Dugard, who has made no public appearances, was compensated.
Dugard was 11 years old in 1991 when she was snatched from a street near her South Lake Tahoe home while walking to a school bus stop.
She surfaced in late August after convicted rapist Phillip Garrido, 58, aroused the suspicion of police at a college campus while seeking to proselytize there.
Police say Garrido and his wife, Nancy, 54, held Dugard prisoner in a makeshift warren of tents and sheds behind their home near Antioch, east of San Francisco, where over nearly two decades he allegedly raped her repeatedly.
The Garridos have pleaded innocent to 29 criminal counts that include kidnapping for sexual purposes, forcible lewd acts and rape.
Phillip Garrido served 10 years in prison for the 1976 rape of a South Lake Tahoe woman. He was arrested in 1972 for drugging and raping a 14-year-old girl but was never prosecuted in that case because the girl refused to testify in court.
(Editing by Bill Trott)