1-11-19 smart: teen’s escape shows why we can’t give up

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Elizabeth Smart says that finding a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been missing for three months is “why we can never give up hope on any missing child.”   Smart was 14 when she was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. She was rescued nine months later.  Jayme Closs disappeared in October after her parents were killed inside their home in Barron. Authorities say she managed to escape Thursday from a home about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south and they arrested a 21-year-old man on homicide and kidnapping charges. Smart told The Associated Press by phone Friday that she would expect that Jayme will have to confront the fact that there “is no going back to the way things were.” She recommends that Jayme’s friends and family give her space and allow her to make her own decisions.