Jayme Closs says she's feeling "stronger every day"

Teenager was abducted one year ago Tuesday

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October 14, 2019 - 6:04 am
Jayme Closs is back home

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Nearly one year after she was abducted following the shooting death of her parents, there's a statement from Jayme Closs herself.

It was read Monday by a family spokesman in her hometown of Barron, Wisc., a community that experienced profound sadness in her disappearance and immense joy when she showed up safe.

The statement was read by Chris Granstrup:

"I really want to thank everyone for all the kindness and concern that people all over the country has shown me. I'm very happy to be home, and getting back to the activities I enjoy. I love hanging out with all my friends, and I feel stronger every day."

The sheriff of Barron County, Wisc. recognized the ten investigators who worked on the case.

The National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are also taking part in the event.

The teenager was abducted Oct. 15, 2018 after her parents were shot to death at their home in Barron.  

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The girl managed to escape her captor 88 days later.  

"That feeling that we all felt when she came home is just this powerful message that I want to take forward here," Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told WCCO television.

Jake Patterson confessed to the kidnappings and shooting deaths, and was sentenced to life in prison.

Jayme is now living with her aunt and uncle.

The case drew nationwide attention, and sparked a search for the girl that included thousands of volunteers.

Jayme escaped her captivity on Jan. 10 of this year. 

She had been held in a cabin in the northern Wisconsin town of Gordon.

Patterson was arrested the same day, telling investigators he targeted Jayme after seeing her step off a school bus near her home not long before the abduction.

Jayme's mother and father were shot to death in their home on the east side of Barron.

That house has since been demolished.

Patterson is now at a maximum security prison in New Mexico.

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