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Jaycee Dugard to People Magazine: "I'm So Happy to be Back With My Family"

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NEW YORK (CBS/AP) Jaycee Dugard, two months after resurfacing from 18 years in captivity, has released her first personal statement to People magazine, along with photos of herself as an adult.

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"I'm so happy to be back with my family," she told the magazine. "Nothing is more important than the unconditional love and support I have from them."

Dugard family spokeswoman Erika Shulte also appeared on CBS News' "The Early Show" on Wednesday and said that Jaycee Dugard, her two daughters, mother and sister are close, comfortable and happy and says they "seem like any other family."

"She's a grownup, she's a mother and sister and a daughter," Shulte said with a smile. "She is so appreciative of the outpouring of love and support worldwide."

Shulte says Dugard decided to release photos of herself and her reunion with her family to People magazine because she wanted to "lift the veil" and show how well she's doing. Her two daughters, Angel, 15, and Starlit, 11, are not shown, but Shulte told People, "They're not hiding; they're enjoying their privacy."

In the magazine, Dugard is shown smiling with long, light brown hair. In other pictures, she is laughing with her mother Terry Probyn. In another picture she is seen with her 19-year-old half sister Shana Probyn.

Dugard was just 11-years-old when she was kidnapped in 1991, allegedly by Phillip and Nancy Garrido. The couple has been charged with the kidnap and rape of Dugard among other charges.

"She wants people to know that she's doing good," Shulte said. "She's really happy and now we can all see for ourselves and be relieved that she's gonna be ok."

Dugard resurfaced two months ago and is now 29.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido have pleaded not guilty.

For more on Dugard's statement, visit People Magazine.

Photos: Jaycee Dugard "Happy To Be Back"
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Photos: Inside Phillip Garrido's House
Photos: The Search For Jaycee
Photos: Jaycee Lee Dugard Found Alive

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