2002 Kidnapping Survivor Praises Jayme Closs' Resilience: 'This Little Girl Is So Strong and So Brave'
Missing teen found alive, suspect in custody.
A woman who survived a 2002 kidnapping joined Martha MacCallum on "The Story" to react to Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teenager missing since October, being found alive.
Closs, 13, vanished Oct. 15 after her parents -- James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, -- were gunned down inside their home in Barron County, located about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis.
A 21-year-old man was arrested shortly after Closs was found Thursday, and police identified him Friday as Jake Thomas Patterson. He is being held on charges of murder for the killings of Closs' parents and kidnapping.
Alicia Kozakiewicz, who was abducted on New Year’s Day in 2002 when she was 13 years old, said Closs has shown incredible strength and resilience, and she predicted the teenager will be OK.
Kozakiewicz was kidnapped when she left her Pittsburgh home to meet someone she had been chatting with online who she believed 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.
"It's heartbreaking because in some ways this little girl is never really coming home. Her past existence -- the little girl who was taken -- her life there is over," Kozakiewicz said. "But she's going to reclaim a new one. She has so much resilience. This little girl is so strong and so brave."
Kozakiewicz noted that Closs was reportedly able to escape from a cabin when her captor left, and she flagged down a woman walking her dog who brought her to a nearby home to contact the police.
"For her to have the strength to do that, to know the moment to take and to take it, is so admirable," Kozakiewicz said. "I know that she's going to be OK, because she already has that resilience, she already has that strength."
Watch the powerful interview above, and see Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald weigh in on the case below.