And tonight, we are learning more about the woman who initially found jayme while walking her dog.... jeanne (jeannie) nutter is an academic advisor and part time employee of the masters of social work at uw-eaclaire.... news 3's adam duxter spoke with one of her colleagues today... and joins us with how her background in socialwork helped her respond.
The woman who found jayme oss knew what to do when she saw her.... it turns out..
It was something her background in socialwork and child protection has been training her for, for decades.... today... jayme closs is home... reunited with family.... after going missing folowing the murder of her parents almost 3 months ago.... we are learning more about her captor... moments of her escape... and discovery.... it turns out the woman who first saw closs... knew what to do... because of her job.
(((jeanne nutter///dogwalk er who found jayme closs))) she just said i am lost and know know where i am and need help.
When she got near me and i could see who she was she told me i'm jayme.
Jeanne nutter has a background in socialwork... and child protective services... and in an anxious moment... she stayed calm..... (((jeanne nutter///dogwalk er who found jayme closs))) i didnt grab her and run off in the woods, which would have bmaybe been and instinct, but no, i just held onto her and i said we are going to find somebody who is home and we are going to call the police and you're going to be okay.
At uw-madison... her colleague ellen smith says it was the socialwork training that paid off.
(((ellen smith///director of child welfare training program))) child protective social wokers deal with kids who have experienced trauma every day... that's the nature of the work.
And that socialworkers are taught to keep a level head in even the most tense moments.
(((ellen smith///director of child welfare training program)))they're trained to remain calm when kids are asking for help or when children are telling you things that have gone on... sometimes really horribl ellen says in situations like this, socialworkers act like first responders-- which ultimately might have led to jayme closs getting home safe.
(((ellen smith///director of child welfare training program)))thats part of what keeps driving me to do what i do.
I really care about how kids are kept safe in our communities, in their families.
Smith told me that the quick thinking her colleague jeanne nutter showed in that moment is something anyone can learn to do.... but without question... says her knowledge of how to handle the situation played a role in getting jayme closs to safety.