Money pours in for Jayme Closs as fundraiser hits $50K in space of a day

There has been an outpouring of relief and joy in her hometown after she was found.
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Money is pouring in to a fund that has been set up to support Jayme Closs as she recovers from her harrowing kidnapping ordeal.

An official fundraiser was set up on Facebook with the blessing of Jayme's family by Anna Cannard and Audra Bennion, and started taking donations on Friday.

Within the space of about 24 hours, the fund had swelled to $50,000.

The money raised will be turned over to Jayme's legal guardian "to support Jayme in the difficult road to recovery ahead of her."

Jayme was reunited with her aunt and godmother, Jennifer Smith, on Friday afternoon before returning to the rest of her family on Friday evening.

This is how Smith described their first night back together.

The community in her hometown of Barron meanwhile have been welcoming her back with signs posted outside businesses and community centers.

Questions remain over what happened in the almost three months since James and Denise Closs were killed at their home in Barron and Jayme abducted, with police continuing their investigation into arrested suspect Jake Patterson.

KSTP reports that police will have to strike a delicate balance between getting the information they still need from Jayme while ensuring she is given the space and time she needs to move forward from the traumatic experience.

Among those lending their support has been the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center, with Patty Wetterling telling FOX 9 Jayme's extended family needs to be strong for her.

"Hold on. Hold on and stay strong because she will," she said. "I’m praying she’ll be okay and that she can rebuild and live her whole life and follow dreams that she never believed could happen."

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Meanwhile Elizabeth Smart, a woman who survived being kidnapped for 9 months in Utah at the age of 14 and is now a child safety activist, has also shared some advice on how the community should help Jayme move forward.

"Alongside this happy occasion we all are mindful to give the family their space and privacy on their road to finding a new sense of normal and moving forward," she wrote on Instagram.

"I hope we may all continue to support and embrace Jayme as she reclaims her life and comes to terms with the reality of her situation."

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