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Jayme Closs' Family: We're Not Pressing for Details

Aunt recalls the moment she heard the good news
By John Johnson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 14, 2019 11:05 AM CST
This Friday photo shows Jayme Closs, right, with her aunt Jennifer Smith in Barron, Wis.   (Jennifer Smith via AP)

(Newser) – The family of Jayme Closs says it's not pressing the 13-year-old for details on her three-month ordeal. "We have to take little steps," one of her aunts, Sue Allard, tells CBS News. "Jayme, when she's ready to talk, she will." Allard; another aunt, Lynn Closs; and Jayme's cousin Lindsey Smith appeared on CBS to talk about Jayme's recovery from her abduction in October following the murder of her parents. They say Jayme, now living with another aunt, Jennifer Smith, is doing as well as can be expected. "We had her smiling, laughing, going through things in her room," says Allard, who also made a point to praise Jayme's bravery. "The thing I wanted to express to her immediately, and we all do, is the pride we have in her for doing this," says Allard. "For getting out. For making it. ... You know, I mean, that she took the power away from this man."

In another emotional moment, Allard recalls the moment she learned her niece was safe: "My dad had to call my neighbor. And she comes screamin' in my door. I'll never, ever forget her screaming, 'Sue! Sue! They found Jayme!'" On CNN, meanwhile, the people who first encountered Jayme after her escape say they were "armed and ready" in case Jayme's abductor had followed her. Dog walker Jeanne Nutter went to the home of Kristin Kasinskas with Jayme when the girl approached her for help. Kasinskas ushered them inside, and Nutter told them to get a weapon. Kasinskas' husband stood by the door with a gun as the women called 911. "My neighbor and I ... legitimately thought someone was coming for her," recalls Kasinskas. "We didn't even really have time to be scared, it was happening quickly." (Police still don't have a motive in regard to suspect Jake Patterson.)

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