BARRON, Wis. (WBAY) - Jayme Closs and her family have released a statement thanking the public for supporting her as she heals from her kidnapping and the murder of her parents.
“Jayme and her family wish to extend their deepest gratitude for the incredible gifts and generous donations that she has received from all over the country and around the world," reads the statement. "Jayme greatly appreciates each and every gift, as well as the many cards and letters. The many kind words have been a source of great comfort to her.”
Jayme Closs was abducted from her home in Barron on Oct. 15. Investigators say a 21-year-old man named Jake Patterson shot and killed Jayme's parents and took the 13-year-old to a remote property in Douglas County.
Jayme was held there for 88 days before she escaped. She told investigators that Patterson forced her to spend hours at a time under a bed.
On Jan. 10, Patterson left the house and told Jayme he would be gone for five or six hours. That's when the teen made her getaway.
Jayme was able to push the weighted bins and boxes Patterson used to block her under the bed, put on a pair of his shoes, and walked out of the house in Gordon, which is about an hour north of Barron. That's when she was able to track down a woman who was walking a dog. The woman took Jayme to a nearby house where neighbors called 911.
Officers tracked down Patterson's vehicle and took him into custody a short time later.
Patterson told investigators that he saw Jayme get on the school bus on Highway 8 during his drives to work. He said he had no idea who she was, but "he knew that was the girl he was going to take."
Patterson had no connection to the Closs family.
Patterson is charged with two counts of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, one count of Kidnapping and one count of Burglary with a Dangerous Weapon.
He's being held on a $5 million bond. Patterson has been bound over for trial.
Jayme Closs has returned to her family. Her aunts have posted updates on Jayme to Facebook. A recent post shows Jayme eating a steak dinner with her grandfather.
Jake Patterson's father told ABC News that he wants everyone to pray for the Closs family.
"I most definitely want Jayme's family to know, everyone to know that our hearts are broken for their family," Patrick Patterson said. "I would like to humbly ask people to pray for a complete healing of Jayme's heart, mind, and soul. And I would also ask for people to pray for that for their entire family. I'm very sorry for everything that has happened."