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$25K in Reward Money Will Go Directly to Jayme Closs

Hormel Foods and Jennie-O made announcement regarding plans
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jan 23, 2019 6:32 PM CST
This Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 photo shows Jayme Closs, right, with her aunt, Jennifer Smith in Barron, Wis.   (Jennifer Smith via AP)
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(Newser) – Hormel Foods and Jennie-O say they'll donate the $25,000 it had offered in reward money for information leading to Jayme Closs directly to the 13-year-old girl, the AP reports. Jayme was kidnapped from her home in Barron, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15 and both of her parents were killed. She escaped 88 days later. Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson is charged with kidnapping and homicide. Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, worked at Jennie-O. The FBI and Jennie-O contributed a total of $50,000 for information on Jayme's whereabouts. Jennie-O and its parent company, Hormel Foods, announced Thursday that they're working with law enforcement to get its share of the reward to Jayme. Jennie-O President Steve Lykken says in a statement that he hopes a trust fund can be set up for Jayme's current and future needs. (Read more Jayme Closs stories.)

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