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Jennie-O to donate $25,000 in reward money to Jayme Closs

FILE - In this Jan. 16, 2019 file photo, a "Welcome Home, Jayme!" sign is shown in front of the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, Wis., where her parents, James and Denise Closs, worked. 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. 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. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

A “Welcome Home, Jayme!” sign sits in front of the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron on Jan. 16 where her parents, James and Denise Closs, worked. 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. (AP Photo/Jeff Baenen)

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The turkey-products company Jennie-O says it will give the $25,000 it had offered in reward money for information leading to Jayme Closs’s return directly to the 13-year-old girl.

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 in the case.

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 Jennie-O’s share of the reward to Jayme.

Steve Lykken, president of Jennie-O, said in a statement that he hopes a trust fund can be set up for Jayme’s current and future needs.

It’s not clear what the FBI will do with the $25,000 it offered. The details of FBI rewards are generally not disclosed.

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  1. Very generous of Jennie-O. I’ve offered and even paid Rewards but when no one was entitled to receive it I never gave the money directly to the victim or the victim’s family. The cases where I offered rewards were usually those involving children killed inside their homes by stray bullets.

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