Girl has no link to kidnapper: Grandfather

14 January, 2019, 00:16 | Author: Roderick Gutierrez
  • Jayme Closs has been missing since October

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

A 21-year-old man has been charged with murdering the parents of a USA teen as part of a chilling plot to kidnap her, police said Friday, after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found alive following three months in captivity.

Closs was found almost 70 miles from the home where her parents were brutally murdered.

Late on Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced that Jayme had been found in Gordon, but he had few other details.

Authorities do not know how the suspect allegedly held Jayme captive for close to three months or how he was able to hide his alleged crime.

"The suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Mr Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding police were not seeking any other suspects in the case at this time.

Neighbor Adam Wilson told KSTP that the setup of the home in which Jayme was believed to have been held may have helped keep her presence there a secret.

Elizabeth Smart says she has followed the case since Closs disappeared in October. "Did he buy food?" he said.

She said, 'I'm Jayme, ' the woman told CNN affiliate WCCO.

The president of the Jennie-O Turkey store in Barron, where James and Denise Closs had worked for decades, said Patterson had been an employee for a single day three years ago. "Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough", Fitzgerald said.

Authorities have recovered several guns, including a shotgun they think was used to blow open the front door of the Closs family home and used to kill James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.


Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, said he had been praying for months for the call he received about his granddaughter.

Sheriff Fitzgerald confirmed that Jake Patterson is scheduled to appear in Court on Monday January 14, 2019 regarding charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Kidnapping. As a family we will get through all of the healing process Jayme has.

She was subsequently rescued when she approached a woman for help who was walking her dog just outside of Gordon, Wisconsin, according to the Star-Tribune.

Jayme Closs was located on Thursday evening and is to be reunited with her family, said police.

Authorities do not yet know the suspect's connection to Jayme, but believe she was his intended target - not her parents. As an example, Fitzgerald has said Patterson shaved his head to avoid leaving any hair as evidence during the assault.

Closs turned up almost three months after she was snatched by a man who fatally shot her parents so he could kidnap their daughter, according to law enforcement authorities.

Fitzgerald said Saturday that investigators believe Patterson acted alone. The sheriff said he didn't know whether Jayme had been physically abused.

"I thought, 'Good for her she escaped, '" he said.

Police arrested Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon, Wisconsin, only 11 minutes after they found Jayme.

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

In a newly released photo, the teen is seen smiling with Smith. "What a great feeling to have her home".

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