Kidnap victim Jayme Closs shares healing photo with her dog

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In Barron, Wisconsin, 13-year-old kidnap victim Jayme Closs was reunited with her dog and her aunt on Friday. The photo has been shared thousands of times from the family’s Facebook page, “Healing for Jayme Closs.”

Jayme was expected to be reunited with other family members after she was rescued on Thursday while walking down a rural area road in northwestern Wisconsin where she had been held prisoner by Jake Thomas Patterson, 21. Jayme, who was reported missing on October 15, was discovered this week by Jeanne Nutter walking her dog. It had been about dusk and Jayme had been wandering in the cold temperatures without a coat or gloves.

“I’m lost, and I don’t know where I am, and I need help,” Jayme told the woman. “I’m Jayme,” she said.

Patterson was arrested and is scheduled to appear in court on Monday where he is expected to be charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. Authorities have recovered guns including a shot gun they think Patterson used to open the front door of the Closs home and used to kill Jayme’s parents – James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46. It is thought Jayme had been home at the time her parents were murdered and Patterson abducted her from the home.

On Friday, Jayme was released from a Minnesota hospital and is now staying with her aunt. She appeared thinner than in her publicly released photos.

(Photo via Jennifer Smith)

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  1. Jayme is home with those who love her. It will be a long journey but she seems like a very smart girl and with all the help she will receive she will make it. Whatever happened to her during these captive months will come out eventually and now it will be the other way around-she will have powder of him and use it to help the police lock this evil creature up for the rest of his life. Animals help us to heal from tragedies, and hope her dog gives her that comfort that she deserves.

  2. I remember watching a young man speaking, and he was telling how he had been placed in foster care after his parents were killed. He described the additional sorrow he felt over having his dog taken away. The authorities viewed the dog as just another household item, not a family member. And another time I saw a young girl, whose mother had been murdered by her father. When the authorities came to take her to another location, she asked, “Can I keep my cat?”


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