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CrimeEx-kidnapping victims: Jayme Closs needs space, time to heal

01:05  13 january  2019
01:05  13 january  2019 Source:   msn.com

Jayme Closs returning home 'a miracle,' Elizabeth Smart says

Jayme Closs returning home 'a miracle,' Elizabeth Smart says It is a “miracle” Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teenager who had been missing for the last three months, has been found alive, Elizabeth Smart wrote on social media Friday. © FoxNews.com Wisconsin law enforcement officials announce that Jake Thomas Patterson is being held on two counts of homicide and one count of kidnapping after 13-year-old Jayme Closs is found alive. Smart, who survived her own harrowing abduction case at 14 years old, wrote on Instagram she was “thrilled” to learn Closs had been found alive.

As Jayme begins to process her trauma, experts and former victims say what she needs most is space and time to discuss it on her own terms. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was quickly arrested and jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges. It's unclear exactly what Jayme experienced

Former kidnapping victims , Katie Beers and Smart, say Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs needs space and time to process the trauma of her kidnapping 5of 5A thank you sign is displayed after Jayme Closs , a missing Wisconsin teenager was found alive more than three months after she disappeared

Ex-kidnapping victims: Jayme Closs needs space, time to heal© The Associated Press FILE - In this July 28, 2017 file photo, Elizabeth Smart attends the "I am Elizabeth Smart" panel during the A&E portion of the 2017 Summer TCA's at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif. Former kidnapping victims, Katie Beers and Smart, say Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs needs space and time to process the trauma of her kidnapping and parents' deaths on her own terms. "Probably one of the more difficult issues is going to be finding that new sense of normalcy in her life," said Smart, a 31-year-old mother of three. (Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP, File)

CHICAGO — Katie Beers' joy quickly turned to deep concern when she learned 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive in rural Wisconsin nearly three months after police say a man shot and killed her parents then abducted the girl from their home.

Wisconsin community reacts to Jayme Closs being found alive

Wisconsin community reacts to Jayme Closs being found alive There is a feeling of relief in Barron County, Wis. as people learn that Jayme Closs will soon be heading home after the 13-year-old was found alive Thursday. 

As Jayme begins to process her trauma, experts and former victims say what she needs most is space and time to discuss it on her own terms. And with the help of a supportive and understanding family, she likely will be able to recover and live a happy life. "One of the things that helped me

Former kidnapping victims say Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs needs space and time to process the trauma of her kidnapping and parents' A thank you sign is displayed after Jayme Closs , a missing Wisconsin teenager was found alive more than three months after she disappeared, Friday, Jan.

"She is going to have to grieve the loss of her parents and also come to terms with the fact she was abducted, escaped and whatever (other) hell she went through," said Beers. "And it's not going to be easy."

Beers knows that better than most.

Sunday will mark 26 years since a then-10-year-old Beers was rescued from an underground concrete bunker in Bay Shore, New York, where she had been held captive for more than two weeks by a family friend who'd lured her to his home with the promise of birthday presents.

As Jayme begins to process her trauma, experts and former victims say what she needs most is space and time to discuss it on her own terms. And with the help of a supportive and understanding family, she likely will be able to recover and live a happy life.

A timeline of events in the Jayme Closs disappearance case

A timeline of events in the Jayme Closs disappearance case Notable events in the disappearance and discovery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in the family's home. Authorities say Jayme was found alive after being held captive for three months by a man who is now charged in her kidnapping and her parents' deaths. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); ___ Oct. 15, 2018 — James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, are found shot to death in their home in Barron, a town in western Wisconsin.

As Jayme begins to process her trauma, experts and former victims say what she needs most is space and time to discuss it on her own terms. And with the help of a supportive and understanding family, she likely will be able to recover and live a happy life. “One of the things that helped me

Jayme Closs was found alive and a suspect is in custody in the case of the once missing Barron, Wisconsin girl, who vanished after her parents were found dead. Authorities said early on that the parents were the victims of homicides, and they say they believe Jayme was in the home at the time .

"One of the things that helped me recover so quickly is that nobody forced me to talk about what happened," said Beers, 36, who is married and has two children. "I didn't even do interviews until I was 30. I didn't have to relive it every day."

Authorities said Jayme was skinny, disheveled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for help Thursday in the small northwoods town of Gordon, about 60 miles (96 kilometers) from her hometown of Barron. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was quickly arrested and jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges.

It's unclear exactly what Jayme experienced — including whether she was coerced with threats or physically abused — so people must be careful how they interact with her, said Duane Bowers, a trauma therapist who works with families of missing and exploited children and adults.

Although friends and family might be eager to know details, the only control the victim has is when, to whom and how they tell their story, Bowers said, adding that's especially true of Jayme, who has lost so much.

Community tries to help Jayme Closs adjust to "new normal"

Community tries to help Jayme Closs adjust to We still don't know exactly what horrors Closs may have endured while imprisoned in a dilapidated cabin for 88 days and witnessing her parents murdered in October. Now that she is safely back with her loved ones, the community is coming together to help her heal, reports CBS News correspondent DeMarco Morgan. "I don't think any of us who have never been through it can even try to put ourselves in those shoes," said Stacey Frolik, the Barron County Health and Human Services director. She said Closs and her family will get whatever assistance they need from her agency."Therapy, access, referrals, resources.

Police got to kidnapped Wisconsin girl Jayme Closs before her alleged abductor could hunt her down. “At this time nothing in this case shows the suspect knew anyone at the Closs home or at any time had contact with anyone in the Closs family,” the sheriff said, adding that worked for the same

Ex - kidnapping victims : Jayme Closs needs space , time to heal . Jayme Closs was found Thursday afternoon in northwestern Wisconsin, about 65 miles north of where her parents were shot to death and Jayme vanished from their home in October.

For most child kidnapping victims, they have the hope that their parents will find them, "but in this case she knew her folks were dead and couldn't find her," Bowers said. So now, "she needs to feel ... in control and experience her memories in a way that ... doesn't retrigger" her trauma.

Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 when she was kidnapped at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, told The Associated Press that everyone endures different mental and psychological trauma after kidnappings, but Jayme will have to confront the fact that there "is no going back to the way things were."

"Probably one of the more difficult issues is going to be finding that new sense of normalcy in her life," said Smart, a 31-year-old mother of three. "Not recreating the old but (creating) the new and learning to be OK with that."

She cautioned questions that might seem harmless could be hurtful.

Smart said she would get defensive when people asked her why she didn't run or scream when her captors sometimes traveled with her out in the open. Smart was found nine months after her disappearance while walking with her kidnappers in a Salt Lake City suburb by people who recognized the couple from media reports.

Authorities mulling what to do with $50,000 reward in Jayme Closs case following her safe return

Authorities mulling what to do with $50,000 reward in Jayme Closs case following her safe return Now that Jayme Closs is safe, there is the question of the $50,000 reward. Jayme, who is just 13, escaped her alleged captor Jake Patterson last week after being held for three months. Patterson's neighbors in the Wisconsin town of Gordon came to her aid, but cops are crediting Jayme's heroism for his capture. She had been kept under his bed, but was able to remove barriers and get help. The teen went missing in October, on the same day her parents were found shot to death in their Barron home.

On Monday, October 15, 2018, a 911 call was received from the Barron, Wisconsin, United States home of 13-year-old Jayme Lynn Closs and her parents.

Ex - kidnapping victims : Jayme Closs needs space , time to heal . Saudi woman fleeing alleged abuse expected in Canada. Corona, 22, died within minutes of arriving at the scene of a three-car accident. She was shot in the neck and then several other times as she lay on the ground.

As an adult she realized they didn't mean any harm, she said.

"My brain heard that question as, 'You should have tried harder. You should have run, you should have yelled, this is somehow your fault,'" Smart said. "So, I would just caution her community and anyone able to interact with her to really think about the questions they are asking her."

Beers and Smart said they are proof that trauma survivors can go on to live happy and fulfilling lives.

"It's never going to be easy, but with the correct support, the correct people to talk to and people there who love you, she's going to be able to survive and thrive," said Beers, who was raised by a foster family after her rescue because of abuse she'd suffered within her own family before the kidnapping.

"They just surrounded me with love and gave me a normal home and that to me ... was the most important thing," Beers said.

It won't happen quickly, though, Bowers said, and people need to realize that Jayme will relive her trauma in different ways throughout her life — including if she forms romantic relationships or has children of her own.

"People tend to think, 'OK, it's been a year now, you should be fine,'" Bowers said. "You might learn to cope and deal with it, but it will never go away."

He said it's also important for Jayme to know that "anything you're thinking and feeling is normal. Don't be afraid of it; don't think there's something wrong with you. ... You're not the bad guy here."

Smart said she would tell Jayme that "she is a survivor and she is a hero. She's incredibly strong and incredibly brave and there's so many people who love her and are in awe of her and who want to help her and support her in any way.

"And I would tell her that this experience might feel like it's defining, it might feel like that's who she is now, but it doesn't have to be," Smart said.

What's more, she said, Jayme's escape and rescue are "the reason why we can never give up hope on any missing child."

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McCombs reported from Salt Lake City.

Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect decided to take teen after seeing her get off a school bus, complaint says.
Jayme Closs’ kidnapping suspect began his plot to abduct the 13-year-old girl from his Wisconsin home after seeing her get on a school bus and deciding that “he knew that was the girl he was going to take,” the criminal complaint revealed Monday. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, told authorities he spotted Closs for the first time after he stopped behind a school bus on Highway 8 while he was driving to work at the Saputo Cheese Factory, where he worked for only two days. He didn’t provide a specific reason why the 13-year-old was his selected target and the complaint doesn't provide a date for the chance encounter.

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