Crime Kidnapping Survivor Jayme Closs Says Global Support Is a 'Source of Great Comfort' "Jayme and her family wish to extend their deepest gratitude for the incredible gifts and generous donations that she has received," the statement reads By Chris Harris Chris Harris Twitter Chris Harris has been a senior true crime reporter for PEOPLE since late 2015. An award-winning journalist who has worked for Rolling Stone and MTV News, Chris enjoys prog rock, cycling, Marvel movies, IPAs, and roller coasters. People Editorial Guidelines Published on February 13, 2019 03:46 PM Share Tweet Pin Email The family of Jayme Closs has released a statement, expressing thanks for the support they’ve received from around the world in the wake of the kidnapped teen’s daring escape last month from the man who held her against her will for 88 days after allegedly murdering her parents. The statement, issued to local media outlets including WDIO, is short but heartfelt. “Jayme and her family wish to extend their deepest gratitude for the incredible gifts and generous donations that she has received from all over the country and around the world,” the statement begins. “Jayme greatly appreciates each and every gift, as well as the many cards and letters,” her statement continues. “The many kind words have been a source of great comfort to her.” The 13-year-old broke free Jan. 10 from suspect Jake Thomas Patterson’s cabin outside of Gordon, Wisconsin, where he allegedly kept her after fatally shooting her mother, Denise, 46, and father, James Closs, 56, on Oct. 15 in the family’s home in Barron, nearly 70 miles away. Denise was killed in front of her daughter, according to authorities. Jayme Closs Enjoys Lunch with Grandfather Who Vowed to Buy Her a ‘Big Steak’ Once She Was Found Jayme Closs. Abducted - Find Jayme Closs/Facebook Patterson, 21, has not yet entered a plea to the charges he faces, including two counts of first-degree murder — both of which carry a maximum sentence of life in prison — along with counts of kidnapping and armed burglary. He allegedly has confessed to the crimes, according to a criminal complaint previously obtained by PEOPLE. The complaint alleges Patterson targeted Jayme, whom he did not know, after he spotted her getting on a school bus. It alleges he made two attempts to kidnap her prior to Oct. 15, but backed off until his third attempt, when he allegedly shot Jayme’s father at the front door, then confronted Jayme and her mother hiding in a bathroom, where he shot the mother and bound the teen with tape before dragging her into the trunk of his vehicle. At his Gordon cabin, according to the complaint, Patterson allegedly sometimes ordered Jayme under the bed for as long as 12 hours at a time — depriving her of food, water or bathroom breaks. Around Christmastime, Patterson allegedly went away to visit his grandparents while the girl hid under the bed, afraid to move. • Want to keep up with the latest crime coverage? Click here to get breaking crime news, ongoing trial coverage and details of intriguing unsolved cases in the True Crime Newsletter. “When he left the house, the defendant stated he would tell [Jayme] that she better not leave and told her bad things would happen if she tried,” the complaint alleges. “The defendant stated she knew she shouldn’t come out from under the bed when he was not there,” it continues. “The defendant stated that because of his anger outbursts [Jayme] complied and did as she was told.” How Jayme Closs Crawled Out of Captivity After Months of Alleged Abuse and Threats On the day Jayme escaped, Patterson had left her alone with a warning to stay under the bed, the criminal complaint alleges. But after Patterson left, Jayme fled the cabin and encountered a woman out walking dog, who then raced Jayme to a neighbor’s home from which police were called. “This is a very tragic situation,” Patterson’s lawyers said in a joint statement, according to local media reports. “There is a substantial amount of information, interest, and emotion involved in this case. Mr. Patterson’s legal team will be relying on the integrity of our judicial system to ensure that everyone’s rights are protected and respected.” PEOPLE has reached out to the two lawyers for additional comment. At a court arraignment in January, Patterson’s bail was set at $5 million.