Katie Beers, Who Was Held Captive Aged 9, Shares Advice for Jayme Closs

Playing Elizabeth Smart and Other Kidnapping Survivors Celebrate Jayme Closs’ Escape

After Jayme Closs was found in Wisconsin, other kidnapping survivors are voicing their support for the brave teen.

Elizabeth Smart was just 14 when, in 2002, she endured nine months of unimaginable horror at the hands of Mitchell and Wanda Barzee in Utah. She celebrated the news of Jayme's escape Friday.

"I hope we may all continue to support and embrace Jayme as she reclaims her life and comes to terms with the reality of her situation. What a brave, strong, and powerful survivor!" she said.

Katie Beers was kidnapped in 1992 when she was 9. She was discovered in an underground bunker, where a family friend had held her hostage for 17 days in Bay Shore, New York.

Beers "had tears of joy" when she heard about Jayme, she told Inside Edition.

"I am hoping and praying that the tests she is going through in the hospital, that they are quick and easy for her," she said.

Beers also shared her advice for the teen.

"Surround herself with people that love her – family, aunts, uncles, cousins – whoever it might be and not to talk about what she went through before she was ready," she said.

Jayme now joins the heart-wrenching list of other girls and young women who survived kidnapping ordeals.

Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus, and Michelle Knight were chained up and tortured in a Cleveland home between 2002 and 2013. Knight was held captive for 11 years. 

In 1991, 11-year-old Jaycee Dugard was kidnapped while walking home from her California school. She was freed in 2009 and bore two daughters for her kidnappers. 

In 2016, police in South Carolina freed a woman abducted by serial killer Todd Kohlhepp. He had kept Kala Brown chained up in a storage container for two months.

Brown later told Dr. Phil, she's committed to overcoming her nightmare. 

"I am not going to let that man rule my life,” she said. 

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