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Abduction survivors share advice in new documentary about Closs case

(WQOW) – A new Lifetime documentary that aired Saturday evening sheds light on a case all too familiar with our region and with the world.

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The documentary is about the abduction of teen Jayme Closs and her miraculous escape from her captor, 21-year-old Jake Patterson. The 90-minute Lifetime movie “Smart Justice: The Jayme Closs Case” tells Jayme’s story through the eyes of abduction survivors, including Elizabeth Smart.

The idea to bring several survivors together is to show Jayme she is not alone, and to give her advice only a survivor could give.

“Of course there are days where we feel hopeless and we want to give up, you know? Of course I’m sure all of us feel that way, but we can’t,” said Sarah Maynard, abduction survivor.

As we’ve reported, Smart spoke in a packed Barron High School gym on March 15, sharing her story to help the community move forward and to help Jayme find her new normal.

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The documentary also featured Jennifer Smith, Jayme’s aunt, and Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.

Shannon Hoyt

Shannon Hoyt started out as an intern in August 2017, moving to a full-time multi-media journalist and weekend anchor before becoming Daybreak anchor and now our 6 and 10 p.m. co-anchor.

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