Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old teen who went missing following the murders of both her parents at their 1268 Highway 8 home in Barron County, Wisconsin, was found alive on January 10, almost three months after her disappearance last October. Now, the company that her parents worked for who had offered reward money for any information leading to her return has announced they will donate the money to Jayme.
Jayme had previously been classified missing on Monday, October 15, 2018, when deputies from the Barron County Sheriff's Department responded to a 911 call for help at her residence at 1 am over reports of gunshots. On arrival, they found the bodies of Jayme's parents, 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs, and an AMBER alert was issued for the teen.
She was found 88 days later in Douglas County, Wisconsin, after a good Samaritan phoned in information concerning her location. Authorities subsequently arrested 21-year-old James Thomas Patterson in connection with her disappearance, as well as the murders of her parents.
But while she was still missing, the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, and several other agencies were working together to locate the 13-year-old. The FBI and Jennie-O — a Hormel Foods Corporation subsidiary where her parents had worked — had also contributed $50,000 as reward money for info on the teen's whereabouts.
But Jayme would end up rescuing herself, and according to Daily Mail, Jennie-O and Hormel Food both announced they were working together with law enforcement to get their share of the reward to the teen. Jennie-O president Steve Lykken said he hoped the money would go to a trust that would help the 13-year-old with her current and future needs. It's unclear if the FBI will do the same.
Jayme is said to be recovering from the traumatic abduction, details of which have been slowly emerging over the weeks. The Milwaukee Sentinal Journal reported that Patterson had held the teen at Patterson Retreat, a ramshackle cabin at 14166 S. Eau Claire Acres Circle in Gordon, a small town of 750-odd people which was 70 miles from where she disappeared.
Patterson is said to have often entertained family and guests at the cabin, hiding the teen's presence by forcing her to hide under the bed in another room and surrounding the bed with containers so she couldn't be seen. He even played loud music to drown out any noise she would make, threatening to kill her if she tried to escape. Police said none of the guests were aware Jayme was at the residence.
Patterson is being charged with kidnapping, armed burglary and two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and faces a life behind bars if convicted.