Latest Elizabeth Smart News

Ex-kidnapping victims: Jayme Closs needs space, time to heal

Jan. 12, 2019 6:58 PM EST

CHICAGO (AP) — Katie Beers' joy quickly turned to deep concern when she learned 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive in rural Wisconsin nearly three months after police say a man shot and killed her parents then abducted the girl from their home. "She is going to have to grieve the loss of her...

Granddad: Wisconsin girl has no link to suspected kidnapper

Jan. 12, 2019 3:58 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The grandfather of a northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead said Saturday that the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn't understand why he targeted her, deepening a mystery that has captivated the...

Correction: 2 Dead-Child Missing-The Latest story

Jan. 12, 2019 9:51 AM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — In a story Jan. 11 about Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs being found alive nearly three months after she vanished from the family home, The Associated Press misidentified Steve Lykken as president of the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron. Jeannie-O Turkey Store is a national brand, and...

Wisconsin man arrested in teen's abduction, parents' deaths

Jan. 11, 2019 8:35 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a baffling scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months before she narrowly managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said. Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny,...

Sheriff: Jayme Closs found alive, suspect in custody

Jan. 11, 2019 12:34 AM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who went missing in October after her parents were killed has been found alive in a rural town about an hour from her home, authorities said Thursday. The Barron County Sheriff's Department said on its Facebook page that Jayme Closs has been...

The Latest: Elizabeth Smart unhappy with kidnapper's housing

Dec. 31, 2018 6:52 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — The Latest on a woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart living near a school. (all times local): 4:20 p.m. Elizabeth Smart says people with a history of child abuse and sexual violence like the one who helped kidnapped her should be housed as far away from schools as possible. Smart...

Elizabeth Smart kidnapper living near elementary school

Dec. 31, 2018 6:48 PM EST

SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A woman who helped kidnap Elizabeth Smart is living several blocks from a Salt Lake City elementary school following her release from prison in September, according to Utah's sex-offender registry. Wanda Barzee, 73, is listed in the registry as living in an apartment near the school...