BARRON, Wis. — Jayme Closs is sharing a message with the world, one year after her parents were murdered, and she was kidnapped.
While the man convicted of the crimes, Jake Patterson. will now spend the rest of his life in prison, Jayme is now finding new ways to live her own life.
"Jayme's had an extremely busy summer. A good summer," said attorney Chris Gramstrup at a press conference on Monday. "Probably the most enjoyable time Jayme's had throughout the summer is just getting back into a routine and really enjoying and spending time with her friends."
Gramstrup said Jayme spent the summer hiking through state parks and celebrating family weddings and birthdays, including her own 14th birthday. He also read a statement written by Jayme.
"She says, I really want to thank everyone for the kindness and concern that people 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 all my friends. And I feel stronger every day," Gramstrup read.
Gramstrup said he thinks Jayme got two qualities from her parents: strength from her father Jim, a former athlete; and a big heart from her mother Denise, who showed love and kindness to everyone around her.
"Just has she saved herself, it is her strength and her heart that has and will continue to get her through this and move forward with her life," Gramstrup said.