The Latest on a Wisconsin teenager who was found alive three months after disappearing following her parents’ deaths (all times local):
Elizabeth Smart says it is a “miracle” that a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing for nearly three months has been found safe .
Smart was 14 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. She was rescued nine months later.
Jayme Closs disappeared in October after her parents were killed inside their home in Barron, Wisconsin. She was found Thursday in a town about an hour’s drive away after approaching a woman walking her dog, saying she’d been held against her will.
Smart posted Friday on her Instagram account that she was thrilled Jayme had been found. Smart says that while the country celebrates this “happy occasion,” the girl’s family should be given “space and privacy on their road to finding a new sense of normal and moving forward.”
Smart says “whatever other details may surface, the most important will still remain that she is alive.”
A woman who helped a Wisconsin girl who’d been missing for three months following her parents’ deaths says the girl told her she’d been held against her will.
Kristin Kasinskas says she took 13-year-old Jayme Closs into her home after the girl and a woman she’d approached for help came to her door Thursday afternoon in the small town of Gordon.
Kasinskas says Jayme told her the name of the person who’d been holding her captive. Kasinskas says she recognized the name but didn’t know the person.
Kasinskas tells NBC’s “Today Show” that Jayme talked about being locked up or hidden when the person had to leave, but that the girl didn’t detail how she got away.
Jayme was reported missing on Oct. 15, after her parents were found fatally shot in their home near Barron, about an hour’s drive south of Gordon.
The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in October says he received a call late Thursday that he’d been praying for, informing him his granddaughter had been found alive .
Robert Naiberg told The Associated Press on Friday that his daughter called him with news that 13-year-old Jayme Closs had escaped her captor near the small town of Gordon, about an hour’s drive from where her family lived.
Naiberg says Jayme reported that she’d been held by “a guy in the woods” but was able to escape.
Witnesses say Jayme approached a woman walking her dog Thursday, asking for help. The woman took her to a nearby home owned by Peter Kasinskas.
Kasinskas tells Minnesota Public Radio News that Jayme told him she’d been abducted, that her parents had been murdered and that she left a nearby house after she’d been left alone.
Investigators confirm a suspect is in custody but say no other details would be released until a Friday news conference.