Elizabeth Smart, herself a victim of a much-publicized kidnapping, spoke on Friday night to the residents of Barron, Wisconsin, the town that is still reeling from the abduction of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents.
As Yahoo News reports, Smart, 31, now a public speaker and child-safety advocate, came to the Wisconsin town to share her story of her own ordeal, and to tell the residents, still suffering from open wounds from Jayme’s kidnapping, that life does go on.
Closs was kidnapped from her family home in Barron in the early morning hours of Monday, October 15, 2018. An assailant, later identified as allegedly being Jake Thomas Patterson, killed Closs’ parents and then abducted her. Patterson allegedly held Closs captive in his home for 88 days, before she was able to escape. Meanwhile, townsfolk searched far and wide for her, never giving up hope.