Lifetime plans to telecast a 90-minute documentary about Jayme Closs, with fellow abduction survivor Elizabeth Smart conducting “exclusive interviews with key players” in the case, the network has announced.
The Wisconsin 13-year-old was kidnapped after her parents were shot to death last October at their home on the outskirts of Barron, Wis.
“Smart Justice: The Jayme Closs Case” will premiere on April 27 at 7 p.m. CDT. Jayme Closs did not participate in the documentary, a close family member said.
The network’s announcement highlighted Smart’s recent visit to Barron, where she conducted “exclusive interviews with key players in Jayme’s harrowing case and incredible rescue” in January after 88 days in captivity. Smart also was able to “personally uncover new details” about the case, the announcement said.
The network didn’t say whether Jayme was among those Smart met, and it declined to address that point Monday.
“Jayme is not in the documentary,” Jennifer Smith, Jayme’s aunt and primary caregiver, said Monday morning. “She has not given any interviews. There is no way she is in there.”
When Smart, abducted from her Salt Lake City home and held captive for nine months as a teenager in 2003, was in Barron County in mid-March, she spoke to a gathering of roughly 1,300 in the Barron High School gym.
Now married with three children, Smart, 31, offered insight to the community over a couple of days, capped by a speech that captivated the crowd.
The documentary also includes Smart moderating a discussion with six other noted victims of abduction — Gina DeJesus, Katie Beers, Kara Robinson Chamberlin, Alicia Kozakiewicz, Denise Huskins and Sarah Maynard.
Jake T. Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty last week in a Barron County courtroom to killing James and Denise Closs on Oct. 15, then kidnapping their daughter and concealing her for 88 days in his house outside Gordon.
Jayme escaped Jan. 10 after Patterson left for a while; she ran outside and approached a neighbor who was walking her dog.
Deputies arrested Patterson a short time later as he was driving around the neighborhood. Police believe he was looking for Jayme at the time.