Jayme Closs, Elizabeth Smart and other kidnapping survivors found safe

Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teenager missing since October, was found alive Thursday.

The 13-year-old went missing on Oct. 15 after her parents were fatally shot in their home. Officials said a suspect has been taken into custody.


Read on for a look at other kidnapping survivors.

Elizabeth Smart

FILE – In this Sept. 13, 2018, file photo, Elizabeth Smart arrives for a news conference in Salt Lake City. Smart says she’s been “reassured” the woman who helped kidnap her when she was 14 and stood by as she was sexually assaulted will be watched when she’s released from prison. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer, File)

At just 14 years old, Elizabeth Smart was taken from her home in Salt Lake City at knifepoint by Brian Mitchell and his wife Wanda Barzee. She was found nine months later while walking on a street with the couple.

Mitchell, who considered himself to be a preacher, had been hired to do work on the Smart family’s home.

The couple was arrested. Mitchell is serving two life sentences in federal prison for kidnapping and sexual assault. Barzee was released from prison in September 2018.

Jaycee Dugard

This family photo shows Jaycee Lee Dugard as a young girl. Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for 18 years by a paroled sex offender.

This family photo shows Jaycee Lee Dugard as a young girl. Dugard was kidnapped in 1991 and held captive for 18 years by a paroled sex offender. (AP)

Jaycee Dugard was abducted when she was 11 years – and held captive for 18 years.

Phillip and Nancy Garrido kidnapped Dugard while she was walking to the school bus stop in 1991 near her South Lake Tahoe, California, home. Dugard has said Phillip Garrido would repeatedly drug and rape her while he held her captive. During her captivity, she gave birth to two children.

Phillip Garrido was sentenced to 431 years to life in prison; his wife was sentenced to 36 years to life.

Katie Beers

Katie Beers appeared on Fox News in 2013.

Katie Beers appeared on Fox News in 2013.

Just before her 10th birthday, Katie Beers was lured to a bunker by a Long Island man in 1992. The man was acquainted with her family. He had promised her gifts, but instead, John Esposito held her captive for 16 days.

Esposito initially told police Beers had been abducted while they were at an arcade, but he later confessed. He was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison but was found dead in his jail cell in 2013.

Alicia Kozakiewicz 

Alicia Kozakiewicz left her Pittsburgh home on New Year’s Day in 2002 to meet someone who she had been chatting with online. Kozakiewicz was 13 years old then, and she thought the person who she had been talking with was the same age as her.

Instead, she had been talking to Scott Tyree, a 38-year-old man who abducted her and kept her chained in his Virginia home for four days where he beat and raped her.

Kozakiewicz was rescued after the FBI received a tip about her whereabouts. She now raises awareness about internet safety through her organization, The Alicia Project.

Tyree was sentenced to 19 years in prison.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight. 

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight.  (AP)

Three women – Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight – were abducted by Ariel Castro, a school bus driver, between 2002 and 2004 and held captive in his Cleveland basement.

Berry was abducted in 2003 at the age of 16. She told her sister she was getting a ride home from work before her disappearance. DeJesus was taken in 2004 when she was 14 years old; her family said they believed she decided to walk home from school. Knight was abducted in 2002 at the age of 21.

Berry, who had a child while she was held captive, was able to escape the home and alert police with the help of neighbors in 2013.

Castro was sentenced to life in prison plus 1,000 years. However, he died in prison after he was found hanging in his jail cell in 2013.

Fox News’ Nicole Darrah and Lucia I. Suarez Sang contributed to this report.

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