Jayme Closs and her family are thanking her supporters “from all over the country and around the world” one month after her dramatic escape from the grasp of an accused murderer.
Jayme, 13, was abducted from her Wisconsin home on Oct. 15 by a man who cops say fatally shot her parents with a shotgun. She was rescued last month after being held for 88 days, and Jake Patterson, 21, was charged with kidnapping and murder.
The teen is now living with her aunt. The Closs family said in a statement on Wednesday that it wishes to express its “deepest gratitude for the incredible gifts and generous donations” that Jayme has received.
“Jayme greatly appreciates each and every gift, as well as the many cards and letters,” read the statement. “The many kind words have been a source of great comfort to her.”
Last month Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright praised Jayme’s courage and resourcefulness in getting away from Patterson. Investigators believe he hid Jayme in a remote cabin before she was able to get away.
“She’s 13 years old, and if you read the criminal complaint, you can see the amount of control that he was exerting over her,” he said. “And at some point, she found it within herself at 13 years old to say, ‘I’m going to get myself out of this situation.’ I think it’s incredible.”
It is believed that Patterson decided to abduct Jayme after seeing her getting on a school bus near her Barron home. His arraignment is set for March 27.