Ex-kidnapping vic­tims: Jayme Closs needs time

The Morning Journal (Lorain, OH) - - NATION+WORLD -

CHICAGO >> Katie Beers’ joy quickly turned to deep con­cern when she learned 13-yearold 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,” 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 had 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.

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