The case held the attention of the entire nation for months: Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, was abducted from her home in October 2018. Her father and mother, James and Denise Closs, were found shot dead in the house. For nearly three months, the young girl remained missing until she turned up about 60 miles north of her home.
Many hailed it as a miracle. But in reality, Jayme had rescued herself.
As NPR reports, Jayme told police that her alleged kidnapper, Jake Patterson, had abducted her and forced her to live in hiding under his bed. He made her go up to 12 hours without food, drink, or use of the bathroom. During this time, the suspect reportedly even had guests over, threatening Jayme with violence if she made sounds or attempted to escape.
Jayme managed to flee while her abductor wasn’t home, after 88 days in captivity. She even helped law enforcement officials find her kidnapper soon after escaping.
As with most missing persons cases, the FBI offered a $25,000 reward for information leading to Jayme’s rescue. Jennie-O Turkey Store matched that reward themselves, as Jayme’s parents had both worked there.
While the FBI is still deciding what they will do with their $25,000 reward, Jennie-O Turkey Store and its parent company, Hormel Food, announced that they will give Jayme the $25,000 reward for having rescued herself.
“Our hope is that a trust fund can be used for Jayme’s needs today and in the future,” Jennie-O Turkey Store president Steve Lykken said in a statement issued on January 23.
“Her bravery and strength have truly inspired our team members around the world,” Jim Snee, president and CEO of Hormel Foods, added.
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