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Jayme Closs family releases statement on anniversary of her escape

Closs escaped and was rescued in northern Wisconsin on Jan. 10, 2019.
Jayme Closs

Correction: The sub-heading in this story previously said that Jayme Closs escaped in northern Minnesota. This was incorrect, it should have read northern Wisconsin.

The family of Jayme Closs this weekend release a statement ahead of the two-year anniversary of her escape from her abductee.

On Jan. 10, 2019, the then 13-year-old Closs escaped from a home in Gordon, Wisconsin, where she had been held for almost three months by Jake Patterson, the man who had killed her parents in Barron, Wisconsin, and who has since been sentenced to life in prison.

On Saturday, a statement was issued by her aunt, Jennifer Naiberg Smith, once again thanking the people in Gordon who found Closs and kept her safe until the police arrived: Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and Jeanne Nutter.

She also provided an update on Closs herself, saying she is "doing good" and that they "take life day by day."

Here is the full statement:

"We are very thankful for everything that happened on this day two years ago; for Jayme's bravery and for Jeanne, Peter and Kristen for all being in the right place, at the right time and keeping Jayme safe. We’re still very thankful for the community, to the whole world for all caring and being there, and to law enforcement who worked tirelessly to seek justice.

"Jayme is doing good. We take life day by day. She is enjoying dance, school activities and many other things as much as is possible in regards to now dealing with the covid restrictions. She is surrounded by lots of loved ones. We always want to say and remind others never take life for granted. You never know what tomorrow will bring. Always remember to take the time to tell your loved ones you love them."

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