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By Elizabeth Chuck
They made headlines for the darkest reasons, then again for an unlikely event: escape, months or years after they were kidnapped. 1
But she shouldn't expect it to be the same
Elizabeth Smart, the Utah woman who was held for nine months at the age of 14, told NBC News that she was "so excited" to hear that Jayme had been found.
Found at the knife point from his bedroom in Salt Lake City in 2002, Smart said that during her captivity, she felt as if "life had been stolen from me, all dreams and aspirations had been stolen."
"When I , I suddenly felt everything that had been back, and I did not want to miss any of it, and I just hope and ask that Jayme feel the same way, said Smart, now 31.
For Michelle Knight, 37 who was one of three women chained to a Cleveland house for years by rapist Ariel Castro-Knight held for 11 years – Jayme's flight brought back memories of her own first days of captivity.
"I know exactly what she felt like coming out of the situation, "Knight, who was liberated in 2013 and since legally changed his name to Lily Rose Lee, told NBC News." You're scared, you don't know what to do, so you want to be turned off a little bit. "
" When I first came out of the house I didn't know how i would trust what to say, how to say it. I was like this little girl just learned to ride again. "
Knight said she went through a series of emotions when she came out: sorrow, fear, shame and wonder if she would ever trust someone again.
" When I first came out of the house, I didn't know how one should trust, how to say, how to say it. I was like this little girl just learned to ride a bike again, "she said.
Authorities had been looking for Jayme, 13, since October 15 when her parents were found shot in their Barron, Wisconsin, at home. Jayme had witnessed the murder, but had disappeared when the police came to the house. [OnThursdayafternoonJaymewhowasmalnourishedandwithherhairmaturedemergedfromaforestareainthesmalltownofGordonWisconsinandapproachedawomanwhohadjustThedogrecognizedherandwenttoherneighbor'shouseandshouted:"ThisisJaymeCloss!Call911!"
Smart, who has become a prominent child abduction lawyer since she was found, admitted that Jayme is returning to the circumstances" With great grief "with her parents' deaths and said she was hoping her teens would find support elsewhere, including from other relatives and her friends.
"It is so wonderful that her aunt and grandmother are so happy to be with her, and I hope she finds her support," said Smart.
Such support will be decisive when Jayme acclimates to life since her escape, Smart added.
"When I was scared and I came home with my family I thought I could come back and go back to where I ended and it took me a long time to realize that it was just not possible. "
She said that while she cannot speculate on everything Jayme has gone through and what she knows," I think it will be safe I say it will not return to what her life was before she was kidnapped. "[HonestlyitwasoneofthemostdifficultthingsformebecauseonceIgotscaredandIcamehomewithmyfamilyIthoughtIcouldcomebackandgobacktowhereIleftandittookmealongtimetorealizethatitwasjustnotpossible"saidSmartItjustgoesaheadandwillaccompanyyournewnormal"addedSmart"BeforeIwaskidnappedIwasveryquietIwashappytointerferewitheveryoneelsenottobenoticedAndsuddenlyIcamehomeandeveryoneknewmynameandwantedtotalktomeanditwasveryoverwhelming"
Knights remind me to feel the same in the days and weeks after she fled Castro. She said that if she could send a advice to Jayme, it would be time to heal and believe she will be able to process the difficult feelings that follow such an experience.
"I have managed to overcome fear. I've managed to get over things that trigger me, "she said. It took me time to realize that it is not the case; It is a person who has done things for you. It's not the song, it's the one who hurt you who played that song while doing something terrible for you, she said.
Jayme was evaluated in a hospital after she was found and has since been released. Authorities on Friday announced they had arrested Jake Patterson, 21, Gordon, Wisconsin, during the killing of Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, and with her kidnapping. It was not clear if he had any previous relationship with the family.
The two women urged the media and well wish to give Jayme and her relatives privacy when they reconnect with each other and Smart said she hoped that Jayme's history would serve as a reminder to the public.
"Never give up hope for any missing child, for we will return," said Smart. "So when pictures of missing children pop up in your social media or they come in the newspaper or flash over the screen in the news, or if you see a sign above the highway that gives details, you're not just thinking," Well that's not going to me who sees them. ""
"Look at the picture," she added. "And if you see something suspicious and you see something that can shine on a particular case, call it in. It's no shame to be wrong because you might be right."