Jayme Closs Spent First Night Home Next To Me, Says Aunt

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2019

Closs turned up almost three months after she was snatched by a man who fatally shot her parents so he could kidnap their daughter, according to law enforcement authorities.

Despite fears that 13-year-old Jayme Closs was snatched by the killer and met a similar fate as her parents, loved ones and sheriff's investigators never gave up on finding her alive. Authorities are trying to track down their movements over the past three months to see what they can learn. He said there is no evidence Patterson knew Closs or her family or had been in contact with her on social media. "But I'd also tell her that there is no going back to who she was before she was kidnapped, before this happened". Did he buy clothes for her?

"We don't really know what shape she's in", he added. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson extensively plotted the attack to the point where he shaved his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence behind.

The sheriff said Patterson had been keeping Jayme against her will at his home.

Authorities said they believed Closs was Patterson's "only target" and was taken against her will.

Fitzgerald said Saturday that investigators believe Patterson acted alone. She told cops she met him three weeks earlier on an "online chat site".

What's unclear, however, is how and why Patterson - from the remote community of Gordon, two counties from Barron - allegedly chose Jayme for kidnapping.

Jayme has been described as "medically cleared", although Sheriff Fitzgerald was unable to comment on whether the youngster had endured any abuse while being held captive.

Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents also worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron - the company's president said.

Neighbor Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Patterson's parents moved to Gordon about 15 years ago.

Police believe Patterson - said to have hidden the girl in the home he grew up in - killed the Wisconsin couple because he wanted to abduct their daughter.

The grandfather of a U.S. girl who was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead says the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn't understand why he targeted her, deepening a mystery that has captivated the nation.

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They called for help.

For months, thousands of people joined search parties as investigators received thousands of tips.

Jeanne Nutter, who has a cabin in the Gordon area, was walking her dog on an isolated road around 4 p.m. when she saw Jayme out in the cold around dusk.

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Jayme told Nutter, the woman told the station.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, 'he killed my parents and took me,"' Kristin Kasinskass said. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

Jayme Closs was found alive by the suspect's neighbours on Thursday. His initial court hearing is scheduled for Monday and records showed he does not have an attorney.

When deputies arrested him, he was out looking for Jayme, Fitzgerald said.

She was released from the hospital Friday and was reunited with her aunt in Barron, Wisconsin, and her dog, Molly.

The Kasinskas said Jayme's emotions were "pretty flat" while they waited for the police and she refused offers of food and water.

A Facebook page called "Healing for Jayme Closs" has been set up where her family will provide updates on her condition. "What a great feeling to have her home".

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