Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Area Leading To Where Jayme Closs Escaped Now Open

Area Leading To Where Jayme Closs Escaped Now Open

As Jayme Closs starts her road to recovery following her kidnapping, investigators are trying to piece together what happened during the almost three months she was in captivity.

Child safety advocate Elizabeth Smart, who as a young teen was abducted and held for nine months, says the one piece of advice she'd offer 13-year-old Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin eighth-grader who endured 88 days in captivity by a man who allegedly killed her parents, would be to try to "create a new normal".

Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald said he does not believe her kidnapper took her across state lines.

Kasinskas said she told the 911 dispatcher: "Jake Patterson, Jayme, this is real".

"When she wants information, we'll give it to her; and when she wants to tell us things, we'll take it from her", he said. The call came in from Denise Closs' cell phone.

But Closs' family are focussed exclusively on her wellbeing as they help her settle back into life, though the heartbreak of her parents' deaths still weighs heavy on them all.

Jayme Closs, 13, right in an undated photo, was missing for 88 days before she escaped a nearby cabin on Thursday.

The power of prayer reaching all the way from Cameron to where Jayme was being kept in a rural home in Gordon where she had the strength to escape.

In June 2002, Smart, then 14, was abducted at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City, Utah, home, and held captive by couple Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee for nine months.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911.

Jayme was alone, without a coat or gloves in the Midwestern chill, Nutter said.

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"All this was going through my head, that my place wasn't safe", she said.

Smart added that on top of the trauma Jayme has experienced, she does not have to let it define who she becomes.

The two women hovered around Jayme as they waited for the police to arrive.

"I've been a social worker since 1976", she said.

"Now they know their Jayme, [who] was their whole world, is home with family".

Police officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme's description of his vehicle.

Jayme was hospitalized, and later released and reunited with her relatives and dog, Molly, in Barron.

Jake Patterson, the suspect in the case, is scheduled to make his first appearance in court Monday at 3:30 p.m.

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

She was rescued by police in Sandy, Utah, on March 12, 2003, when witnesses recognized her from an episode of "America's Most Wanted".

Nutter, of Strum, left her home later that day than she wanted to.

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