Thursday, 17 January, 2019

Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs reunites with aunt after rescue

Police are searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs Police are searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs
Melinda Barton | 14 January, 2019, 03:42

Authorities say they are still puzzled as to why the suspect allegedly went to Barron to kidnap Jayme from the family home, where her parents were found dead, killed with a shotgun.

Investigators in Wisconsin say they're trying to determine what led the man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs to the girl.

The Patterson family moved to Gordon about 15 years ago and Jake and Erik were raised there and attended Minong High School, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

They went to a nearby house and pounded on the door with Jeanne shouting 'This is Jayme Closs!

The young girl was rescued Thursday walking down a road in a rural area in northwestern Wisconsin after she fled a home where law enforcement says she was kept by Jake Thomas Patterson, 21.

"Jayme is the hero in this case, there's no question about it", he said.

The 13-year-old's parents-Denise Closs, 46, and James Closs, 56-were found murdered in their Wisconsin home on October 15.

"We still are serving the search warrant on the (Patterson) residence in Gordon, collecting evidence, bringing it back either here to the sheriff's department or to the Wisconsin State Crime Lab".

Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook that Jayme was doing well.

Both the woman and the neighbour recognised the teen immediately on Thursday due to the enormous public campaign following her disappearance, Fitzgerald said.

They called 911, and Jayme provided a description of Patterson's vehicle. Even during the 88 days of captivity of Jayme - we still don't think that anybody assisted him in that.

Patterson is unemployed, although worked for one day at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, where the Closs' worked for 27 years. "I've met him and talked to him when I walked through the neighborhood, but that's about all I know".

"All along, Patty (Wetterling) was saying, 'I knew it, I knew she was OK, '" said Jane Straub, victim assistance specialist at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.

Fitzgerald said Saturday that investigators believe Patterson acted alone.

"There is a reunification process in place going on right now that includes medical mental evaluation, questioning by detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and then reunification with family".

The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children said it was "overjoyed" that Closs was found alive.

"On Monday, Jan. 14 ... at 3:30 p.m., the suspect will make his initial appearance in Barron County Circuit Court to be formally charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide, and one count of kidnapping", he said.

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

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

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

She was due to be reunited with her extended family later on Friday. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

"Jayme had a pretty good night sleep it was great to know she was next to me all night what a great feeling to have her home". I figured if they hadn't found her by now that the person that did this didn't want her dead, so I had hope.