88 Days Later, Jayme Closs is Back in Family's Arms

Alejandra Palacios
Updated: January 11, 2019 10:40 PM

Ever since 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found safe Thursday afternoon, everyone has been wondering what her health condition is.

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Authorities and her family members said overall, she’s doing ok.

“She is as well as circumstances allow,” said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald at a press conference held in Barron County Friday afternoon.

Jayme was hospitalized Thursday at a Duluth-Superior hospital. No hospital would confirm that Jayme was in their facility.

When Jayme was initially found, she was wearing a baggy sweatshirt, pants, and shoes that were too big for her.

Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, the couple who sheltered Jayme while police came, said she looked at least 15 pounds thinner than her original photos that surfaced across the country.

The couple went on to say she looked like she'd been held captive and like she hadn’t been able to bathe.

The Kasinkas offered her food and water but she didn't accept it. They said she looked cold and gave her a blanket to warm up while police came.

On Thursday night, Jayme's aunt and godmother, Jennifer Smith, was staying updated on her condition. She said Jayme was doing good and was talking. Smith also said Jayme was exhausted.

Smith said she cried “happy tears” when she found out Jayme was found.

"We cried and cried so its been very emotional but a very happy night. It's time to move forward and we will get through this with Jayme,” Smith said. "I'm just going to tell her how much I love her and missed her and give her the biggest hug ever."

Jayme was reunited with Smith and her dog, Molly, Friday.

After being cleared from the hospital, Jayme was taken to the Douglas County Facility where she was interviewed by authorities.

"There is a reunification process in place going on right now that includes medical and mental evaluation, questioning by detectives and FBI agents, and after that, unification with her family,” Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said Jayme was talking and communicating well with authorities during the reunification process. He went on to say that they want to let Jayme settle and reconnect with her loved ones.

Fitzgerald said Jayme would be back in Barron County Friday and reunited with her entire family. 

A fundraiser has been organized to raise money for Jayme Closs and her family. 


Alejandra Palacios

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