CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - Laura Cowan and Jayme Closs have never met and most likely never will, but they share a similar horrific story after both survived being held captive.
Cowan was held in California, along with her 2 children. She was raped, impregnated and beaten, but was rescued after slipping a note to a postal worker. She now works as a domestic violence counselor for the Cuyahoga Metropolitan Housing Authority, “All of a sudden, you had a wonderful happy life that was totally turned upside down,” she said.
Closs was taken by a gunman who shot and killed her parents, and was held for 87 days before she recently escaped and asked a woman she encountered on the street for help.
Cowan admires the courage the 13-year-old girl showed after being taken following the murder of her parents, “She mustered up the strength, somehow was able to kick in that survivor mode, kept herself alive,” she said of Closs.
Now, working with at-risk women in our community, Cowan knows the battle that remains for the 13-year-old girl who has been through an unimaginable ordeal. “She has to be strong and get through this, and know that there is another day,” Cowan said. “She has to fight, at least for her parents sake.”
Investigators are working to determine if there was any connection between the man who is accused of murder and abduction and the Closs family.