Happy family of teen Jayme Closs, missing for 3 months, shares first photo after her return

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 14, 2019
11:30 A.M.
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On October 15, Jayme Closs disappeared after her parents, Denise and James Closs were found dead in their home in Barron County, Wisconsin. The teenager was declared “missing and endangered,” an Amber Alert was issued.


After searching for her for nearly three months, last Thursday, Jayme escaped from her captor and parent’s murderer. Now pictures of her being reunited with her family have been released.

Jayme Closs, 13, was allegedly abducted by Jake Patterson, 21. The suspect, who is in police custody, is also believed to be the one responsible for the deaths of Jayme’s parents Denise, 46, and James Closs, 56.


For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. After escaping on Thursday, the teenager got to spend some quality time with her uncle Steve Naiberg on Friday.

An image showed the teenager smiling with her uncle who is her late mother’s brother. This was the second picture of the young girl since her escape.


On the same day, a picture of Jayme smiling with her aunt Jennifer Smith and her dog Molly was released. Her aunt if her late mother’s sister and she will be acting as her legal guardian.

The third image of Jayme showed her with her cousin Lyndsey Smith who is her aunt’s daughter. The photo showed the teenager with her arms wrapped around her cousin with big smiles on their faces.


A woman who has become close friends with Jayme’s family, Jennifer Halvorson, revealed that the teenager and her family had a “really good night” on Friday. Halvorson said:

“I heard Jayme had a good night. She slept well. They’re doing well. I think everyone just finally had a sense of some peace. They all had a really good night.”


Jayme’s aunt wrote a post on Facebook where she opened up about how wonderful it was to have her niece back at home. The post was shared by a Facebook group called “Healing for Jayme Closs.”


Part of her post read:

“As a family we will get through all of the healing process Jayme has. It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!! We will do anything and everything!!”


On Thursday afternoon Jayme escaped her alleged captor and asked a woman named Jeanne Nutter, who was with her dog, for help. Nutter took the teenager to the nearby front door of her neighbors Kristin and Peter Kasinskas.

She told them who the young girl was and asked them to call 911. Nutter approached Jayme after she noticed that the teenager “wasn’t dressed for the weather.”


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