From a story posted on Thursday, July 7, 2011, on ABC News’ website: "On June 10, 1991, as [11-year-old Jaycee] Dugard left her home wearing all pink and a kitty shirt, and thinking about her mom — who was running late that morning and didn’t kiss her goodbye–she was taken. [Kidnapper Phillip] Garrido used a stun gun to shock Dugard. She tried to scoot into the bushes."
The story, which contains excerpts of Diane Sawyer’s upcoming exclusive Interview with Dugard this coming Sunday, July 10 at 9 pm ET, continues, "The last thing [Dugard] remembers touching was something sticky. After she and her daughters were freed and reunited with her family in 2009, Dugard began asking people to bring her pinecones, not realizing that it was the same sticky thing she clung to trying to maintain her freedom. ‘Back then [the pinecone] was the last thing I touched. You know, the last grip on me. Now, it’s—it’s a symbol of hope and new beginnings. And that—there is life after something tragic,’ Dugard said."
The story adds, "Dugard wears around her neck a small symbol of a pinecone to symbolize her new life and the hope she held onto during her imprisonment."