Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Man charged with kidnap and murder day after Jayme Closs, 13, found

Man charged with kidnap and murder day after Jayme Closs, 13, found

The woman began knocking on a neighbour's door shouting: "This is Jayme Closs, call 911!" It was his neighbor, Jeanne Nutter, and the missing girl who'd vanished without a trace nearly three months ago. "Why he picked her is the million dollar question we're still trying to determine".

Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement officers had searched around the clock around the small town of Barron after Jayme Closs' parents were found shot dead in their home, the front door open and the girl gone. The sheriff said he didn't know whether Jayme had been physically abused. Only then did the girl reveal her name.

One aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook Saturday that it was great to know Jayme was next to her all night and that it was a "great feeling to have her home".

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said he hadn't heard any details about Jayme's discovery but was overjoyed at learning she is alive. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

The two went elsewhere in the neighborhood, to the home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, who immediately recognized her.

The paper described her as thin and dirty with matted hair and wearing shoes that did not fit. Kasinskas told The Star Tribune that she didn't even realize he was her neighbour. "She didn't have any emotion - she was probably in shock".

Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was found Thursday afternoon. Sheriff Fitzgerald went on to again state that at this time there is no indication that Patterson had prior contact with Jayme, either through social media or in any other way.

Police said that Patterson had no contact with Jayme or her family before the murders but the primary motive was the abduction of the teenager.

"We are still mourning the loss of long-time Jennie-O family members Jim and Denise, but our entire team is celebrating with the community, and the world, that Jayme has been found", Mr Lykken said.

On Thursday, Jayme escaped the home in Douglas County - about an hour north of Barron - where she was being held.

Jake Patterson, a 21-year-old Wisconsin man, was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters at a news conference on Friday.

Kristin Kasinskas told CNN that Jayme told them that she had been held captive not far away.

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Fitzgerald said investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme's parents and then abducted her.

Almost 48 hours after Jayme Closs was reported found, updates about her condition are continually being posted to a Facebook page called Healing for Jayme Closs.

The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children said it was "overjoyed" that Closs was found alive. The couple offered her food and water, but she declined both. She said she never saw Patterson on her street or in town, and doesn't remember seeing him since he was in high school.

"He seemed like a quiet kid, " she said.

Patterson, who was unemployed, remained largely an enigma Saturday.

The Sheriff confirmed that a search warrant is being served at the Gordon residence where Patterson held Jayme captive.

Officials explained in Friday morning's briefing that Patterson was not on the radar of investigators and had no criminal history in Wisconsin.

Jake Thomas Patterson grew up in Gordon, a sprawling township of 645 people tucked into the snowy evergreen forests about 35 miles (55 kilometres) south of Lake Superior. Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview Saturday that the only thing the family knows for sure is that no one knew Patterson.

Naiberg said his daughter called him with the news, saying Jayme reported having been held by "a guy in the woods" but was able to escape.

Another aunt, Sue Naiberg Allard, posted that Jayme got "the most awaited hug ever" when he returned home.

Speaking to Fox News, Jayme´s aunt Kelly Engelhardt said, "We are beyond words". I can't wait to get my arms around her.

"She just yelled, 'Please help me!"

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