It’s been two weeks since 13-year-old Jayme Closs was able to free herself from the Wisconsin house she was allegedly being held captive in.
On January 10, 88 days after she disappeared from the home she lived in with her mom and dad, Closs escaped from her alleged kidnapper’s home and found help in a woman who was walking her dog on a nearby street.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) January 11, 2019
As Dearly previously reported, shortly after her escape, her alleged abductor, 21-year-old Jake Patterson was arrested. He was also charged with two counts of homicide after reportedly shooting and killing Closs’ parents the same night he took Closs.
For the 88 days authorities and volunteers searched for Closs, it was revealed that she was being held captive in Patterson’s home.
Reports alleged that Patterson would hide the teenager under a bed for hours at a time without food or bathroom breaks. He would trap her by putting large household objects around the bed so that she couldn’t get out.
Closs made her daring escape after Patterson told her he would be gone for a couple of hours.
Closs’ parents worked for Jennie-O Turkey Store, which is owned by Hormel Foods.
However, the woman who first made contact with Closs and called 911 refused the reward because she didn’t find Closs, Closs found her.
Watch the former social worker talk about the moment Closs approached her below:
"My CPS—'Child Protection'—brain really just clicked in."
Posted by Dearly Presents on Wednesday, January 23, 2019
And because of that, Hormel Foods has decided to give their $25,000 reward to Closs for saving herself.
Jim Snee, the president and chief executive officer of Hormel Foods, said in a statement:
“We are overjoyed at the news of Jayme’s safe return. Her bravery and strength have truly inspired our team members around the world.”
Steve Lykken, the president of Jennie-O Turkey Store, added in a statement of his own:
“While we are still mourning the loss of longtime family members Jim and Denise, we are so thankful for Jayme’s brave escape and that she is back in Barron. Our hope is that a trust fund can be used for Jayme’s needs today and in the future.”
It’s unclear if the FBI will do the same.
Closs is currently living with and being cared for by one of her aunts.
Her grandfather said in an earlier interview that the 13-year-old still “doesn’t want to talk to anybody,” adding that her aunt is “bringing her out of her shell slowly.”