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Kidnap Victim Jayme Closs ‘Will Recover’ With Help From Remaining Family, Uncle Insists

Jayme Closs Will Recover Uncle
Source: Barron County Sheriff’s Department

Jan. 11 2019, Published 7:33 p.m. ET

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After her parents’ gruesome murder and three months in captivity, Jayme Closs has been to hell and back. But the brave 13-year-old will survive the unspeakable trauma, her uncle told in an exclusive interview.

“She will recover,” Closs’ uncle James Englehardt told “She’s got one hell of a family behind her. She will never be alone.”

Englehardt said the teen was “a little dirty” upon her escape, but otherwise physically okay.

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“It’s an incredible situation,” Englehardt marveled.

Though Closs brutally lost her mother Denise and father James, her uncle said she has a large extended clan in her native Wisconsin who can act as guardians and assist in her recovery.

She is expected to live with an aunt initially until the family determines a long-term arrangement.

“We have a tight-knit family on both sides,” Englehardt assured. “She's going to have more than enough support to help her and whatever she needs, we are here for her. It's rough, and it's probably going to get a little rougher too, but that's alright. We can handle it."


Englehardt confirmed cops’ claims the Closs family had never met her alleged kidnapper, Jake Patterson, who as previously reported, was arrested and charged with her abduction and the parents’ murder. 

“Hopefully he will spill his guts and tell us what happened,” Closs’ uncle said.

The teen disappeared after her parents were found dead in their home on October 15, but managed to escape her captor three months later.

She alerted a woman walking her dog, who urged neighbors to call police.

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