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Elizabeth Smart to visit Jayme Closs’ hometown

Elizabeth Smart gives the keynote speech August 8, 2011 at the Crimes Against Children conference at the Sheraton Dallas, in Dallas, Texas. Smart was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002 and found nine months later. (Jim Mahoney / Dallas Morning News)1 / 2
Jayme Closs (FBI)2 / 2

BARRON, Wis. — Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart will visit with community members in Barron next week.

Smart’s visit will come two months after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found safely in Douglas County in northwest Wisconsin. A 21-year-old Gordon man is accused of abducting Jayme and fatally shooting her parents inside their Barron home on Oct. 15.

Smart will host a “town hall” event at the Barron Area Community Center, 800 Memorial Drive, on Friday, March 15, Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced Wednesday. Doors open at 6 p.m., with the event slated to run from 6:30-7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Smart was abducted on June 5, 2002 from her Utah home at age 14. She was held captive for nine months before being rescued by police and reunited with her family.

A day after Jayme escaped and her alleged captor was arrested, Smart described it as a “miracle.”

"I'm so thrilled to hear the news," she wrote on social media at the time. "What has been such a heart wrenching tragedy finally has some happiness in the story."

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