Hormel, Jennie-O to donate $25,000 reward to Jayme Closs
Hormel Foods Corp. announced Wednesday that it would donate a $25,000 reward contribution directly to Jayme Closs.
Closs was abducted in October from her family's home in Barron, Wis., after her parents were shot to death. She was then held in a home near Gordon, Wis., for 88 days until escaping and flagging down a neighbor Jan. 10.
Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, worked for the Jennie-O Turkey Store processing plant in Barron, and Jennie-O announced shortly after the abduction that it would double the FBI's $25,000 reward for information related to the case. Jennie-O Turkey Store is a subsidiary of Hormel.
"On behalf of the entire Jennie-O and Hormel Foods family, we are overjoyed at the news of Jayme's safe return," Hormel President and CEO Jim Snee said in a news release. "Her bravery and strength have truly inspired our team members around the world. Barron is an incredibly strong community and one that never lost hope. We celebrated with the community, and the world, that Jayme is home."
Jake Patterson, 21, of Gordon was arrested that day and is charged with kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents.
"The company has expressed its wishes to donate the $25,000 to Jayme," Snee said. "Our hope is that a trust fund can be used for Jayme's needs today and in the future."