ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) Elizabeth Smart who was kidnapped from her home when she was 14-years-old and held captive for months says Jayme Closs' kidnapping ordeal 'doesn't have to destroy her future.'
In an interview on CBS This Morning, Smart called Closs a hero.
The 13-year-old girl's escape from a rural home where she was held captive for three months by a Wisconsin man charged with murdering her parents helped break the case.
Closs has been reunited with the rest of her family and her dog.
Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement officers had searched the small town of Barron after Closs' parents were found shot dead in their home in October, their front door blown open with a shotgun, their daughter gone.
Closs was targeted by suspected kidnapper Jake Patterson, 21, who carefully planned her parents' murder, even shaving his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence at the crime scene, said the county sheriff.
A disheveled Closs escaped the house in the tiny town of Gordon where she had been held captive, about 60 miles (100 km) north of her home in Barron.
Her captor was not at home when she managed to flee, authorities said.
She was found by a woman walking her dog.