- Hormel Foods, which owns Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, Wisconsin, is donating its $25,000 contribution to the Jayme Closs reward fund to the teen after she saved herself from her alleged captor.
- Police say 13-year-old Jayme was held captive for 88 days after being taken from her home in Barron on October 15.
- She reportedly escaped her alleged captor’s home in Gordon, 70 miles away, on January 10 while he was out of the house.
- While she was missing, a $50,000 reward fund was set up in hopes of finding information about the teen’s disappearance.
Jayme Closs is receiving half of the $50,000 reward established during her 88-day disappearance because she was able to save herself from her kidnapper.
Hormel Foods, which owns the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, Wisconsin, announced Wednesday that it would donate its $25,000 contribution to the fund to the 13-year-old, who fled from the home of her alleged captor Jake Patterson on January 10.
Jayme’s parents, James and Denise, worked at Jennie-O before before they were fatally shot at their home on October 15, the night Jayme was allegedly kidnapped.
“Her bravery and strength have truly inspired our team members around the world,” Hormel Foods CEO Jim Snee said in a statement. “Barron is an incredibly strong community and one that never lost hope. We celebrated with the community, and the world, that Jayme is home.”
Snee said that he hopes the $25,000 could be put into a trust for Jayme.
“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,” Snee said.
Jayme was missing for 88 days before she was found walking down a road in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles from her home in Barron.
Police say she was able to crawl out from under the captor’s bed while he was out of the house and ran down the street to find neighbors who helped her call 911.
Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of fatally shooting the teen’s parents and kidnapping her.
The other half of the $50,000 reward was put up by the FBI. It’s unclear what will happen to that money.
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