NEW YORK (WKOW) — In this week’s cover story, PEOPLE goes inside the shocking ordeal of 13-year-old Jayme Closs who survived 88 days in captivity aftere her parents were murdered until she broke free Jan. 10.
The magazine goes inside her shocking ordeal and talks with her relatives about Jayme’s joyous first days at home, according to a news release from the publishers.
Denise’s cousin Jodie Arnold tells PEOPLE. “If you knew Jayme’s father (James), you’d know where she got her strength,” adds James Closs’s high school basketball teammate Todd Rongstad. “Jim wouldn’t accept defeat.”
Now, somehow, the healing begins – for Jayme and for her traumatized hometown of Barron where no one has felt safe for 88 anxious days.
“When something like this happens in a town where we leave our doors unlocked, it’s unspeakable,” says school superintendent Diane Tremblay, who brought therapy dogs into Riverview Middle School, where Jayme is in the eighth grade, to help her classmates with their anxiety over her abduction and the Closs murders.
“Out of the evil of this horrific crime, still we can have a miracle,” says Barron mayor Ron Fladten.