MILWAUKEE — Two years ago Sunday, Jayme Closs escaped the home of Jake Patterson in Gordon, Wisconsin, after she spent 88 days there, following her kidnapping.
Today, Closs is 15-years-old and “taking life day-by-day,” according to Jennifer Naiberg Smith, Jayme’s Aunt and guardian.
Here is the family’s 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,” her aunt wrote. “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.”
Patterson was convicted of killing Closs’ parents and kidnapping her for months until her escape after pleading guilty to two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping in March of 2019.