‘It’s unbelievable’: Jayme Closs’ aunts react to her escape

Jayme Closs’ aunts are looking forward to seeing their niece for the first time in months. Carla Closs and Kelly Engelhardt haven’t talked to her yet, but they say they never lost faith that she wouldn’t be missing forever.

“The fact that it was 87 days and they hadn’t found her, we knew she was still there. We knew. We knew,” Engelhardt said. “So we just had faith every day.”

Engelhardt found out about Jayme Thursday night while at a basketball game. The chief deputy came to the gym and told her in person.

“I mean, the smile on his face, I knew. I knew it was good news, and I just, cried, cried, cried,” Engelhardt said.

The two spoke to News 3 outside of the Barron County Jail, after a Friday morning news conference about the 13-year-old being found.

Both Closs and Engelhardt say they’re most looking forward most to seeing Jayme in person. They also want to meet the woman who recognized her while walking her dog in the town of Gordon Thursday evening and the neighbors who called 911.

“The fact that Jayme did what she did and got out is unbelievably awesome. The fact that that lady just happened to be walking by with a dog, I mean, how, it’s just awesome,” Engelhardt said.

“We can’t thank everybody and everything enough for everything, local to national,” Closs said. “I mean, we’ve had so much support.”

A photo provided Friday by the family shows Jayme and her aunt
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