Patty Wetterling’s emotional reaction to Jayme found alive

“I am so happy! Thank you for never giving up on Jayme!”

Edgar Linares
January 10, 2019 - 11:23 pm

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Patty Wetterling, the mother of Jacob Wetterling, the 11-year-old boy who went missing in 1989 in St. Joseph, Minnesota said she’s celebrating Jayme Closs being found alive.

“This is what I live for, this is my hope, this is my reality. Missing kids do come home,” said Patty.

In September of 2016, Patty heard the chilling account of her son’s murder at the hands of confessed killer Danny Heinrich.

She's currently meeting in Washington D.C. with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. She got news of Jayme being found via text from her daughter while having dinner with board members.

“It said ‘I think Jayme’s been found.’ I’m jumping up and down,” said Patty.

Patty said deep in her heart she knew Jayme was still alive, “and she was. I’m hoping she’s okay.”

Wetterling has been an advocate of missing and exploited children since her son’s disappearance. She was the co-founder of the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center and Team HOPE, a group that provides support for families of missing and exploited children.

“I know all these kids who have come home, I’ve met with them,” said Patty. “And you can never give up hope as a searching parent. You don’t give up ever!”

She said parents need to tell their kids now they will never stop searching for them if they go missing. She said often victims are told by their abductors their families have stopped searching for them and nobody cares.

“Hope is real,” said Patty. “And these kids do come home because somebody cares and never forgets.”