Jennie-O to donate $25,000 in reward money to Jayme Closs

Saul Bowman
January 27, 2019

Prosecutors in Douglas County say they may decide to file charges against Patterson in the future, but they have no immediate plans to file charges.

In a statement, CEO of Hormel Foods Jim Snee said: "On behalf of the entire Jennie-O and Hormel Foods family, we are overjoyed at the news of Jayme's safe return".

As the community reeled from news of the disappearance, the company helped coordinate the response, including a tree-lighting ceremony before Christmas. Her parents, James and Denise Closs, were shot dead before Jayme was dragged out of the house by her alleged abductor, Jake Patterson.

In the wake of her disappearance, Jennie-O, the Turkey products company where Closs' parents worked, set up a United States dollars $50,000 (AUD $70,000) fund with the aid of the Federal Bureau of Investigation to reward any information that could contribute to finding the 13-year-old.

Jayme will get the $25,000 reward.

The company which her parents worked for, Hormel Foods, offered the bounty to anyone who had information which could lead to the 13-year-old's safe return on top of the FBI's $25,000 reward.

Patterson is already being held on charges of murdering Closs' parents, kidnapping the girl and breaking into their Barron County home after authorities say he confessed to those crimes.

Patterson, 21, has been charged with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

It's not clear what the Federal Bureau of Investigation will do with the $25,000 it offered. "We celebrated with the community, and the world, that Jayme is home".

Jayme was found in rural Wisconsin on 10 January, after 88 days in captivity.

He told authorities that he vowed to take Jayme after seeing her get on a school bus.

Patterson is accused of fatally shooting the parents, then taking the 13-year-old girl to his cabin in Gordon, a township of 645 people in thickly forested Douglas County, according to a criminal complaint.

Jayme was discovered in the small town of Gordon, about 100 kilometres away from Barron, by a local out walking her dog.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald called Jayme "the hero in this case", and said he was happy she would receive the company's reward.

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