Kid­napped girl faces long, hard re­cov­ery

San Francisco Chronicle Late Edition - - FROM THE COVER - By Tammy Web­ber and Brady Mc­Combs Tammy Web­ber and Brady Mc­Combs are As­so­ci­ated Press writ­ers.

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.

“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,” Beers said. “And it’s not go­ing to be easy.”

Beers knows that bet­ter than most.

Sun­day will mark 26 years since a then-10year-old Beers was res­cued from an un­der­ground con­crete bunker in Bay Shore, N.Y., 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 prob­a­bly will be able to re­cover and live a happy life.

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 town of Gor­don, about 60 miles from her home­town of Bar­ron. Jake Thomas Pat­ter­son, 21, was quickly ar­rested and jailed on kid­nap­ping and homi­cide charges.

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.”

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