Kidnapped American teen found alive months after parents' murder

12 January, 2019, 01:56 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • County Wis. Sheriff's Department shows Jayme Closs who was discovered missing Oct. 15 2018 after her parents were found fatally shot at their home in Barron Wis. The Barron County Sheriff's Departme

The woman, who declined to be identified, said she was pretty sure who the girl was, but any doubt was erased when Jayme gave her name.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs, 13.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said he was not sure whether Mr Patterson and Jayme knew each other.

Just after midnight early on 15 October, police received a 911 emergency call from Denise Closs' mobile phone.

"It was awesome. The stress, the relief - it was awesome", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference, describing the moment of joy when he learned that Jayme had been found. There was also no apparent contact on social media, he said.

"Jayme was taken against her will and escaped from the residence at which she was being held in".

"She said, 'Please help me".

Nutter says Jayme had walked away from a cabin not far from her place where she had been held. What happened to Jayme that night, and how did the teenager end up in Gordon, some 66 miles north of her home?

Kristin Kasinskas, who called 911 to report the girl had been found, told the AP on Friday that Jayme had identified the suspect once she was safely inside her home.

Kasinskas says Jayme told her the name of the person who'd been holding her captive. "She did not talk about why or how". She said she never saw Patterson on her street or in town, and doesn't remember seeing him since he was in high school.

As soon as Closs was safe with authorities, patrol deputies found a vehicle matching the description the young teen supplied.


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

Fitzgerald added that Jayme Closs was "doing as well as circumstances allow".

Fitzgerald says Closs was medically cleared, is out of the hospital and is being interviewed by law enforcement.

Jayme vanished October 15, the day her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found fatally shot in their home near Barron, a town of 3,300 people in northwestern Wisconsin.

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme.

The sheriff said investigators believe the girl was "the only target". Some tips led officials to recruit 2 000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23, but it yielded no clues.

Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was kidnapped nearly three months ago from her Wisconsin home and was located alive Thursday evening, according to the Barron County Sheriff's Office. Smart was rescued nine months later with the help of two witnesses who recognized her abductors from an "America's Most Wanted" episode. "This is Jayme Closs!" the woman said, the pair recalled to the Star Tribune. She refused offers of food and drink from the couple, but took a blanket. Jayme was skinny and dirty, wearing shoes too big for her feet, but appeared outwardly OK, the neighbours said.

Jayme reportedly was found in a small forested area of cabin-like homes about 6 miles east of Gordon. From what she told them, they believed she was there for most of her disappearance. The non-emergency line at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office rang unanswered, and Sheriff Thomas Dalbec didn't respond to an email.

The Star Tribune reported that Town of Gordon resident Kristin Kasinskas heard a knock on her door on Thursday afternoon.

"You just have to get up every day and keep that hope alive and stick together as a family and pray that everything is going to work out", said Tom Allard, a family member.

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