Jayme Closs' family says she is 'full of big smiles' Saturday

Photo credit Jennifer Smith
Photo credit Jennifer Smith(WBAY)
Published: Jan. 12, 2019 at 3:51 PM CST
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Newly released photos from the family of Jayme Closs say she is ‘full of big smiles’ Saturday.

Jayme’s aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted the photos on Facebook.

In the post, Jennifer writes ‘Everyone is so proud of you, Jayme!!’

Jayme's cousin, Angela De Andriano, is managing the gofundme account

"These funds are going to go towards the journey with the family as they help Jayme through whatever it may be…driving to take care of her, taking her to the clinic, medical costs or anything," said De Andriano.

Often times in the wake of tragedy, bogus fundraisers pop-up on social media by scammers looking to take advantage of the situation.

"You’re going to want to examine the charity itself, the organizer; make sure they’ve included some kind of description of how they are related to the family, what specific details about what they’re going to do with the money," said Susan Bach of the Better Business Bureau.

A PO Box has been set where people can send cards and gifts:

Attn: Light the Way Home for Jayme Closs

PO Box. 539

Rice Lake, WI 54868

People can also send donations through the following banks.

Closs was found alive nearly three months to the day she was abducted from her western Wisconsin home where her parents were found shot and killed. A 911 call was placed from Denise Closs's cell phone. Jayme was inside the home when her parents were killed. She was gone by the time police arrived on scene.

Sheriff Fitzgerald says Jayme was being held against her will in a home in the Douglas County community of Gordon, about an hour north of Barron. At some point on Thursday, she escaped the home on foot and found her way to safety.

Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec says his office received a 911 call at about 4:30 p.m. saying Jayme Closs had been located. Jayme had approached a woman who was out walking her dog. That woman brought Jayme to the home of neighbors Peter and Kristin Kasinskas. They called for help.

The 21-year-old suspect has been arrested and will appear in court on Monday.