MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) —  Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is hosting a community meeting Friday in Jayme Closs’ hometown.

The meeting is to help the people of Barron, Wisconsin, cope with the recent kidnapping. It’s slated for 6 p.m. in the Barron High School gym. The event is free to attend.

READ MORE: ‘There Is No Going Back’: Elizabeth Smart Offers Advice To Jayme Closs

This Friday marks five months since Jayme disappeared.

Prosecutors say 21-year-old Jake Patterson took the teen after killing her parents. According to the criminal complaint, Patterson told authorities he had seen Jayme get onto a school bus and decided to kidnap her.

RELATED: Jake Patterson Charged, Bail Set At $5M In Kidnapping-Murder Case

Closs was taken to a remote cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin. The 13-year-old escaped after being held captive for almost three months.

Jake Thomas Patterson (credit: Barron County)


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