(Willmar MN-) Jennie-O/Turkey Store, and it's parent company, Hormel, has issued a statement regarding the safe return of Jayme Closs in Wisconsin. The 13-year-old's parents Jim and Denise Closs had worked for Jennie O in Barron Wisconsin for more than 30 years. On Friday the company issued a statement, saying "On behalf of the entire Jennie-O and Hormel Foods family, we are overjoyed at the news of Jayme's safe return. Barron is an incredibly strong community and one that never lost hope in her safe return. We are still mourning the loss of longtime Jennie-O family members Jim and Denise, but our entire team is celebrating with the community and the world that Jayme has been found. We want to give special recognition to law enforcement officials for their dedicated and tireless efforts in finding Jayme, especially Sheriff Fitzgerald of Barron County and his team. Right before the holiday, our Willmar team lit a Tree of Hope and our Barron team joined with the community to light a Tree of Hope for Jayme. At the Barron ceremony we sent wish lanterns into the air. Yesterday, (meaning Thursday) our wishes were answered."
We plan to keep the trees lit for a few additional days in celebration of Jayme's return.