Look inside the Life of Wisconsin Teenager, Jayme Closs, 2 Years after She Escaped Her Abductor

Olowokandi Fiyin
Jan 13, 2021
08:15 P.M.

Two years after escaping a gruesome experience at the hands of her abductor, Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs is reportedly doing good and enjoying life, taking it one day at a time.


Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teenager who made headlines two years ago after escaping her abductor who killed her parents, is faring well. Her aunt and legal guardian, Jennifer Naiberg Smith, recently gave an update about Closs' welfare.

In an interview with NBC News, Smith revealed that Closs is in good spirits, taking life day by day. She noted that the teenager is surrounded by her loved ones and is making the most of what life has given her.


Closs, who was 13 at the time of the incident, now keeps busy with several fun activities while trying to stay safe amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Smith said in the statement:

"Jayme is doing good. She is enjoying dance, school activities, and many other things as much as is possible in regards to now dealing with the covid restrictions."


Smith also thanked Jeanie Nutter, the neighbor who found Closs when she escaped, and the couple, Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, who took the teenager in before calling 911. She appreciated their bravery and kindness toward her relative.

About three months after the kidnapping incident, Closs escaped her abductor.

Closs was a victim of then-21-year-old gunman Jake Patterson, who broke into her home in Barron, Wisconsin in October 2018 to kidnap her, killing her parents, Denise and James Closs, in the process.


Before the incident, reports claim that Patterson had previously visited the Closs' house twice before he finally gained entrance. On the said day, Closs' mom was able to dial 911 to alert the authorities about his presence.

Unfortunately, by the time they had gotten to their home, the young girl was nowhere to be found. The news of her absence made headlines all over the nation, with her photos going viral on social media.


About three months after the kidnapping incident, Closs escaped her abductor on January 10, 2019, the 88th day of her captivity. She was found walking around in the remote town of Gordon, 70 miles away from her home.

Nutter spotted her and recognized her as the girl in the news, and took her to her neighbors' home, the Kasinskas, who called the authorities to attend to her. Patterson was arrested and pleaded guilty to murder and kidnapping in March 2019.

By May, he was sentenced to life imprisonment. Although

' condition after her escape wasn't disclosed,

Kelly Engelhardt, confirmed that she wasn't suspected to be physically hurt.

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