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Jayme Closs honored before state Assembly as hometown hero

MADISON (WKOW) — Jayme Closs, the Barron County teen who was abducted for 88 days before escaping her captor and finding help, was honored Wednesday before the Wisconsin Assembly as a hometown hero.

“Jayme, your strength, your resolve and your bravery is beyond incredible,” Rep. Romaine Quinn (R-Barron) said.

“And you taught us an important lesson: no matter how grave your situation, no matter how dark your days become and no matter how impossible your circumstances may seem, there is always hope,” Quinn told Closs.

Closs’s captor, 21-year old Jake Patterson, killed Closs’s parents in October as he abducted Closs from her home.  Authorities say the 13-year old girl was kept in a remote north woods cabin for nearly three months, until she slipped out in January when Patterson was briefly gone, and found help.

Jayme Closs made no remarks Wednesday as she accepted the award.

Jayme Closs’s aunt, Jennifer Smith, spoke on behalf of Jayme.

“She greatly appreciates the honor,” Smith said. “Her courage, her bravery and her spirit are things that inspire us and make us stronger and better.”

Closs toured the state capitol during her visit.  It was the first time she appeared at a public event since her escape and rescue.

The full ceremony was broadcast on Wisconsin Eye HERE.

More on the Closs case HERE.




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