Jayme Closs To Obtain $25,000 Award For Her ‘Courageous Escape’

Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teen who escaped after being held captive for almost three months, will obtain a $25,000 donation that was initially supposed to be awarded to anybody who provided data that led to her rescue.

The president of the Jennie-O Turkey Retailer introduced Wednesday that the corporate was working with regulation enforcement to route the reward cash so it goes on to Closs.

The corporate had provided to present the reward cash to authorities final month to help with their investigation. Closs’ mother and father, James and Denise Closs, had been longtime workers of the corporate’s Barron, Wisconsin, retailer.

“Firstly, Jennie-O Turkey Retailer is a household,” Steve Lykken, Jennie-O Turkey Retailer president, mentioned in a press release.

“Right here in Barron our Jennie-O household is coping with a really tragic state of affairs,” Lykken continued. “Whereas we’re nonetheless mourning the lack of longtime members of the family Jim and Denise, we’re so grateful for Jayme’s courageous escape and that she is again in Barron.” James and Denise Closs had labored at Jennie-O for 27 years, in line with their obituary.


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Police first found that Closs was lacking on Oct. 15 after regulation enforcement officers discovered each of her mother and father shot to demise inside their house with nowhere to be discovered.

After months of investigation and searches, a lady who was strolling her canine within the city of Gordon discovered Closs visibly shaken, soiled and sporting sneakers too huge for her, in line with a number of information reviews.

Gordon is about 70 miles from the Closses’ house.

“I used to be on the finish of my driveway; I noticed a younger girl who seemed to be in misery,” Gordon resident Jeanne Nutter instructed “CBS This Morning” days after she discovered Closs. “She was in all probability about 10 or 12 ft from me, saying, ‘I need assistance.’ All I knew is, whoever this youngster is, she’s in hassle.”

Shortly after Closs was discovered, regulation enforcement officers arrested Gordon resident Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, and charged him with two counts of first-degree intentional murder and one rely of kidnapping. Investigators imagine Petterson killed Closs’ mother and father, then held her captive in a rural cabin in Gordon.


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Closs spent the primary evening of her freedom in her new house together with her aunt Jennifer Smith, the sister of Closs’ mom.

“Jayme had a fairly good evening’s sleep. It was nice to know she was subsequent to me all evening. What an awesome feeling to have her house,” Smith mentioned in a Fb publish earlier this month. 

Lykken mentioned that the corporate’s $25,000 donation could be used as a belief fund for “Jayme’s wants right now and sooner or later.”

“Her bravery and power have really impressed our staff members around the globe,” Jim Snee, president of Jennie-O’s mum or dad firm, Hormel Meals, mentioned in a press release. “Barron is an extremely sturdy group and one which by no means misplaced hope. We celebrated with the group, and the world, that Jayme is house.”