Jayme Closs To Get Her Own Reward Money After Escaping Captor

Clark Sparky 24 Jan 2019

This is a nice gesture by Hormel Foods towards the 13-year-old who survived being kidnapped.


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Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who survived being kidnapped after her parents were murdered, will be getting a $25,000 reward from Hormel Foods.

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The Accused

Barron County Sheriff

The man accused of kidnapping Closs is 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson. He allegedly kept her captive in his remote cabin for 88 days, and even threw a holiday party for family in the home while she was there.

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Closs was abducted on October 15, 2018 after someone broke into her home and killed both of her parents. A manhunt ensued and Hormel put up a $25,000 reward for information leading to her discovery.

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Trust Fund

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Hormel's president says the company is working with law enforcement to get the money to Snee:

"Our hope is that a trust fund can be used for Jayme’s needs today and in the future."

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Her Escape

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This month, Closs escaped her captor after 88 days of being held and got herself to freedom by flagging down a neighbor. So, Hormel decided to give the money to Closs.

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Their Statement

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Closs' parents worked for Jennie-O, a subsidiary of Hormel. The company released this statement:

"On behalf of the entire Jennie-O and Hormel Foods family, we are overjoyed at the news of Jayme’s safe return. Here in Barron our Jennie-O family is dealing with a very tragic situation. While we are still mourning 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. The company has expressed its wishes to donate the $25,000 to Jayme."

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FBI Reward

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The FBI had set up an additional $25,000 reward for information leading to Closs' return. It's unclear what, if anything, will happy with that money.

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Patterson took Jamie after he forced his way into their home by shooting her father in the front doorway, then killing her mother inside the house.

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'I Did It'

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Patterson has not yet entered a plea for his charges of murder and kidnapping, but the criminal complaint against him says that he told authorities, "I did it."

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Tying It To Toxic Masculinity?

Most are just thrilled that Closs is safe and sound now, despite the loss of her parents. It's a traumatic experience that's going to take a while to heal from -- and we've seen examples in the past with Elizabeth Smart and other girls.

But some have made shared some opinions now that the dust has settled a bit and they're worth thinking about. Mental illness does play a fact, but how much did society play into as well?

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Only Half?

And while this has a shade of humor in it, the question is legit. Hormel Foods is the end giving her their half of the offered reward, while the FBI is holding off it seems? At least for now.

They did offer the second half of the full $50K reward offered, but with the shutdown and other factors, it is understandable if they haven't made the offer.

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