Jayme Closs was found on January 11, 2019, after going missing in October 2018.
Even though it’s rare, Closs isn’t the first missing child to reappear after getting abducted.
Jayme Closs’ parents were found dead in their home on October 15, 2018 — their 13-year-old daughter Jayme was nowhere to be found.
She was found three months later over an hour away from home. She approached a woman walking her dog and was eventually able to get in contact with the police.
While many missing people, tragically, stay missing or are presumed dead, sometimes they reappear after a few weeks, months, or even years.
Here are nine more children who eventually returned home.
Jayme Closs was found after 87 days after she vanished from her home, on a street 70 miles away.
13-year-old Closs went missing from her Wisconsin home on October 15, the same night her parents were found fatally shot inside. Closs herself was quickly ruled out as a suspect.
For months, authorities “pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme,” and “led officials to recruit 2,000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23,” to no avail.
However, on January 10, Closs was found outside the small town of Gordon, about an hour away from her home. According to CNN, Gordon resident Kristin Kasinskas was at home when her neighbor pounded on the door and explained that she had found Closs. The neighbor said that Closs approached her while she was walking her dog, and was so unnerved that she refused to say her name.
A suspect in the deaths of her parents and her kidnapping has already been taken into custody. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced at a press conference on January 11 that 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is being held on the charges of homicide for the murder of Closs’ parents, as well as for her kidnapping.
Elizabeth Smart was found nine months after she was kidnapped in 2003.
Smart was 14 years old when 48-year-old drifter Brian David Mitchell broke into her home in Salt Lake City, Utah, on June 5, 2002. He took her to an encampment in the woods outside of Salt Lake City, and introduced her to his wife and accomplice, Wanda Barzee.
For nine months, she was repeatedly abused and raped.
Apparently, Smart was taken into public …read more
Source:: Business Insider