Michelle Knight, the woman who was a prisoner in a Cleveland home for more than a decade, had “tears of joy” after learning of Jayme Closs’ safe recovery.
“I’m glad she’s safe and not in the arms of somebody going to hurt her. She doesn’t deserve it,” Knight tells PEOPLE. “Coming from my experience, I’m sure she was scared and panicking but happy she got away.”
On Thursday afternoon, 13-year-old Jayme escaped from a home in Gordon, Wisconsin, where authorities say she was being kept by a 21-year-old man, who is accused of kidnapping her and killing her parents nearly three months earlier.
Jayme had been missing after vanishing on Oct. 15 — the same night her parents were found dead in their home in Barron, Wisconsin, nearly 70 miles south of Gordon. She had been declared “missing and endangered,” an AMBER Alert was issued for her and thousands of people joined investigators in their search for her.