Jayme Closs one-year anniversary brings awareness to other missing children

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Today (Tuesday) marks one year since Jayme Closs was kidnapped and her parents murdered. Months after Jayme escaped from her kidnapper and returned home, the family is sharing how she’s doing.

“I feel stronger every day.” Those are words directly from Jayme herself as a family representative reads a statement from her during a press conference marking the one year anniversary of her kidnapping.

“She says I’d really like to thank everyone for the kindness and concern that people from all over the country have shown me. I’m very happy to be home and getting back to the activities that I enjoy. I love hanging out with my friends and I feel stronger every day,” Chris Gramstrup, Closs family attorney read in a statement.

He says Jayme has enjoyed a busy summer, hiking through state parks and celebrating special events with family. What Jayme has found most enjoyable he says is getting back into a routine.
“Just as she saved herself, it’s her strength and her heart that has and will continue to get her through this and move forward with her life,” said Gramstrup.

There were also members from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children in Barron Monday to bring attention to other missing person cases in Wisconsin, including Sara Bushland who disappeared from Spooner more than 20 years ago.

Robert Lowery, Vice President of the Missing Children’s Division says he wants to keep the names and faces of other missing people in the public eye.

He says the media coverage surrounding the Closs case was instrumental in the case because she was immediately recognized when she escaped and ran into a neighbor.

The family of Sara Bushland spoke during the news conference.

“When Jayme was found, I prayed that the person that took her was over 40. That would give hope that he had something to do with the disappearance of Sara but he wasn’t so that hope was gone,” said Mike Bushland, Sara’s Father.

Lowery says he hasn’t given up hope.

“We’ve found children after 20-30 years, alive and well,” said Lowery.

Lowery says they will never give up until Sara is physically found. He says keeping the names and faces of people who are missing in the public is key to getting a break in these cases.

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