Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Jayme Closs' family expresses pride, relief after 13-year-old's return home

Accused Jayme Closs kidnapper shaved his head so he would not leave hair behind at her home authorities say Jake Patterson is being held on charges of kidnapping and two counts of murder
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 16:09

A man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents is expected to be formally charged Monday, and the charging documents could shed light on what investigators believe the young man knew about his victims, his motives and tactics.

Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested. Her family insists they don't know the man.

Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald said he does not believe her kidnapper took her across state lines. Smith's other sister, Sue Allard, said in a Facebook post early Saturday morning how proud of Jayme she was.

Investigators believe Patterson broke into James and Denise Closs' home near Barron on October 15, blowing the front door open with a shotgun blast.

"Even I can't speculate what she went through". "I believe all the thoughts and prayer behind you, God and your mom and dad led you to use your strength, love and power to get you home to us".

After officers arrived at the home and took Closs to safety, they told Kristin and her kids to get away from any windows in case the abductor came to the home.

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

He is alleged to have broken into her home in Barron, Wisconsin, before murdering her parents and abducting her.

Smart added that on top of the trauma Jayme has experienced, she does not have to let it define who she becomes. When the dispatcher called back, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs, 46.

When Jayme Closs escaped Thursday, she had no idea where she was or what was waiting for her outside the home where she was being held in Gordon, Wisconsin.

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

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

"I've been a social worker since 1976", she said. "I tingle because I have been praying for her since it happened, I don't know the family personally but it's just wonderful", said member, Larry Leff. He was being held in Barron County's jail on preliminary charges of intentional homicide and kidnapping, and will have an initial court appearance Monday.

Investigators say there's no evidence of any online interactions between him and Jayme.

"She looked thin", Nutter said.

Nutter objected to a media report that described Jayme as being "dirty", but she said the girl clearly wasn't appropriately dressed for being outside and was obviously in distress.

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