When Jayme Closs escaped in January after 88 days held captive, many rejoiced that her ordeal was over.
But as a group of women who also survived kidnappings say, it was only just beginning.
Thirteen-year-old Jayme was kidnapped and held hostage in a cabin for three months by 21-year-old Jake Patterson, after he shot Jayme’s father James, 56, and then killed her mother Denise, 46 on October 15 last year.
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According to authorities, Patterson kept her trapped under his bed for as much as 12 hours at a time.
Jayme had tried to escape at least twice before January 10, when she was successful. Jayme had fled the house when Patterson was out and was found by a woman – Jeanne Nutter – walking her dog.
She was thin with matted hair. Despite the below-freezing temperature, she was dressed in a light jumper and pants. No gloves, no coat. The shoes on her feet appeared to be several sizes too large – they belonged to Patterson.
She was free. Safe. Reunited with family.