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Interview with Jayme Closs’ aunt, Lynn Closs

Jayme Closs, 13, was found alive Thursday after missing for the past three months. Closs was allegedly taken from her home after her parents were found murdered on October 15th.

A Wisconsin man is facing homicide and kidnapping charges in connection with the disappearance. Investigators say the unemployed man did not have a criminal record in Wisconsin. CBS 3 Duluth spoke exclusively Friday to Jayme’s aunt.

Closs has been found, and on Friday we caught up with some of her family members to talk about the rare win.

Almost three months taken away in the blink of an eye.

“It was almost three months ago now. We got the worst call ever. Two of our family members were killed and Jayme was gone. And we have done nothing but pray and search and look and cry and pray. And look some more,” Jayme’s aunt, Lynn Closs, said.

Then while at a basketball game came the news that she had been found.

“We left the game and came home and we just started to have supper. Jeff got a phone call. He turned his back to me and I could tell something was going on. And he’s like, we got to go to mom’s, there’s news, what? We got her. They found her. I don’t even remember from then getting over to Jeff’s mom’s house. Even now talking about it, my whole body is covered with goosebumps,” Jayme’s aunt said.

A courageous effort.

“I mean the pride I have in this child. That she took the power back from this person. The courage that it took. The strength that it took, that she took the power away from this human being and took her freedom. And is home safe again. I’m so proud of her,” Jayme’s aunt said.

Readjusting to tough circumstances.

“It’s very difficult. She comes back to a world that’s completely different from what she left. Her parents are gone,” Jayme’s aunt said.

And a family comes together.

“I don’t know, we start over. Baby steps. We will do anything and everything to get this kid what she needs. Where she needs to be. My husband was her dad’s brother and best friend. He will be there for Jayme to make sure that her dad is always part of her life. Her aunt’s will always make sure her mom is a part of her life. That’s all we can do right now,” Jayme’s aunt said.

There are still plenty of unanswered questions, but we will bring them to you as soon as they are available.

Neil Vierzba

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