It’s been one week since Jayme Closs has been reunited with her family.
On January 10, Closs was able to escape the home she was reportedly being held captive in by the man who allegedly abducted her and killed her parents, 21-year-old Jake Patterson.
After fighting her way to freedom, Closs found a woman who was walking her dog near Patterson’s Wisconsin home and asked for help.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) January 11, 2019
Authorities were able to arrest Patterson shortly after recovering Closs when she was able to describe his vehicle.
Patterson has been charged with two counts of intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of armed burglary.
Closs’ family and Patterson’s father and brother were present during the 21-year-old’s arraignment, where Patterson’s father was both apologetic and sympathetic towards the Closs family.
The father even reportedly wrote the family a tearful letter to let the Closs family know how sorry he is.
Patrick Patterson told CNN before being overcome with emotion:
“All I care about right now is Jayme’s family. I want to get them a note.”
Patrick then broke down:
“I’m sorry, I can’t talk.”
According to Jayme’s cousin, Jodie Arnold, their family has received the letter.
JAKE THOMAS PATTERSON is singular suspect in Jayme Closs abduction – He is in custody
— NBC 15 News (@mynbc15) January 11, 2019
As she told Inside Edition, her family has forgiven Patterson’s family:
“He wanted my family to know that he was sorry and he was crying. […]
I feel sorry for them. My heart goes out to them because when these things happen, families don’t always know. I don’t hold any hard feelings against them. I know they’re having their own kind of struggle.”
Jayme’s maternal grandfather agrees, telling the Associated Press that you can’t blame Patterson’s alleged actions on his parents:
“You can’t blame the parents. A guy becomes 21 years old, and sometimes it’s not how he was raised or anything.”
Her grandfather also told the AP that his 13-year-old granddaughter is still recovering from the 88 days of trauma she was forced to endure.
Jayme will live fulltime with one of her aunts. The grandfather said that the teenager is anxious to get back to school, but isn’t quite sure when that will happen:
“She doesn’t want to talk to anybody,” before adding that her aunt is “bringing her out of her shell slowly.”