“She is having fun with dance, college actions and lots of different issues as a lot as is feasible with regard to now coping with the COVID restrictions,” Closs’ aunt and authorized guardian, Jennifer Naiberg Smith, instructed NBC. “She is surrounded by a lot of family members.”
The now 15-year-old went lacking in October 2018, shortly after her mother and pop had been discovered lifeless of their residence. Three months later, she was miraculously discovered alive and extra particulars about her terrifying expertise had been revealed. To be able to get again to security in January 2019, she needed to make a daring escape from her abductor, Jake Patterson.
In March 2019, Closs’ captor pleaded responsible to killing her dad and mom, Denise Closs, 46, and James Closs, 56, in addition to to kidnapping the teenager. He later was sentenced to life in jail with out parole.
Patterson stated his motive for kidnapping Closs was “not black and white” in a notice to NBC affiliate KARE.” He had beforehand instructed investigators that he focused Closs as “the woman he was going to take” after recognizing her getting on a college bus close to her residence.
“It’s bizarre,” he wrote. “I went from by no means committing a criminal offense or actually doing something unhealthy to doing the worst factor a human can do. Only one large f–-k up haha.”
He additionally appeared to trace at the kind of relationship he had with the 13-year-old whereas he held her captive, including hearts round her identify and reminiscing on his time spent along with her.
“My brother … acquired a pet named ‘Vale’ a few weeks earlier than [heart] Jayme [heart] ran away,” he wrote. “I like Mexican meals too, however I like a lot of stuff. Chocolate and berries are in all probability my favourite. Me and Jayme cooked a bunch of stuff. Cooking is one other factor I like doing rather a lot.”
An insider completely instructed In Contact that Closs “doesn’t prefer to dwell on it a lot,” including that “there are largely good days for her now, however she misses her dad and mom [James and Denise] terribly.”
“The one brilliant spot on this loopy ordeal is how household, associates and all the city rallied round her to make her really feel secure,” the insider continued. “Jayme likes dwelling along with her aunt and uncle and she or he’s pleased being at school. She’s been to hell and again, so feeling grounded and cherished, that helps probably the most. That’s what she’s grateful for.”