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Jayme Closs to receive $25K reward for her 'bravery,' help in arrest of her captor

By Darryl Coote
Jayme Closs to receive $25K reward for her 'bravery,' help in arrest of her captor
Jayme Closs, 13, will receive a $25,000 reward collected by Hormel Foods in exchange for her return after she escaped the home of her abductor. Photo courtesy of the FBI

Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Jayme Closs will receive the $25,000 that a Wisconsin company had donated toward a reward for the teen's return.

Jayme escaped captivity 88 days after she was taken during a home invasion in which her parents were slain, according to court documents.

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The 13-year-old girl fled her abductor's home in Gordon, Wis., some 70 miles from her hometown of Barron, Wis., on Jan. 10 and found help. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was arrested on charges of kidnapping and murder.

Shortly after Jayme went missing, the FBI announced a $25,000 reward for information on her whereabouts. Hormel Foods added $25,000 to the pot.

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Both of Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, had worked at Hormel's Jennie-O Turkey Store for 25 years.

"We are overjoyed at the news of Jayme's safe return," Hormel CEO Jim Snee said in a media release. "Her bravery and strength have truly inspired our team members around the world."

The company wants a trust fund to be established for Jayme with the money.

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"While we still mourn the loss of longtime family members Jim and Denise, we are so thankful for Jayme's brave escape and that she is back in Barron," Jennie-O Store President Steve Lykken said.

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Hormel Foods was active in the search and rescue of Jayme, providing resources and support to Jayme's family and law enforcement.

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"We would like to thank Jennie-O for their support and assistance during this case," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. "We also agree that Jayme is the hero in this case and happy they have chosen her to receive the company's reward contribution."

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