GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. — The case of Jayme Closs defied the statistics and most expectations. 

But it didn’t defy hope.

And no one knows that more than Patty Wetterling, mother of 11-year-old Jacob Wetterling, who was abducted from St. Joseph, Minnesota back in October 1989. 

Patty Wetterling reached out to KARE 11’s Karla Hult shortly after the news broke about Closs on Thursday night. In a text, Wetterling wrote: “I knew (she) was alive. Yaaay.” 

In a phone conversation minutes later, Wetterling also weighed in on the closure in this case. The Wetterlings themselves waited nearly 27 years before a man confessed to abducting, assaulting then murdering Jacob hours after he was taken.

You can click hear to hear part of Wetterling’s response. KARE 11 reached Wetterling in Washington, D.C., where she was attending the board meeting of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children.