Community of Barron welcoming Jayme Closs home

Jake Thomas Patterson killed Jayme Closs parents before kidnapping her

Jake Thomas Patterson killed Jayme Closs parents before kidnapping her

Jayme Closs had been missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in a small Wisconsin town and pleaded for help.

Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old northwest Wisconsin girl who went missing in October, has been found alive.

In November, the sheriff said he kept similar cases in the back of his mind as he worked to find Jayme, including the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 when she was taken from her Salt Lake City home in 2002. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said he was unemployed when officers arrested him. Authorities are working to track their movements over the past three months.

Fitzgerald says authorities don't know of any social media connection between Patterson and the girl. "So, we're looking for receipts, where the suspect may have been over the last 88 days".

"Everybody has been praying for her and I think no matter where you go it's always a little chatter", said Jim Helman, who works at Tru Value.

The teen was able to escape from a cabin before flagging down a pedestrian walking her dog in the town of Gordon. But the sheriff said it did not appear Patterson interacted with the couple.

The door of Jayme's family home near Barron 100km away had been blasted down with a shotgun in October, her parents gunned down, and Jayme abducted.

He wonders whether Patterson was somehow stalking Jayme.

"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means". The FBI offered a cash reward for information on her whereabouts, and authorities urged hunters in the area to be on the lookout for clues.

The cabin is in Eau Claire Acres, about 10 miles outside the tiny town of Gordon, in the dense evergreen forests of north-western Wisconsin.

Jayme has been described as "medically cleared", although Sheriff Fitzgerald was unable to comment on whether the youngster had endured any abuse while being held captive.

Investigators in Wisconsin say they're trying to determine what led the man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs to the girl. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

Mr Patterson was interviewed by Douglas County officials and then transported to the Barron County jail.

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

"Probably one of the more hard issues is going to be finding that new sense of normalcy in her life", said Smart, a 31-year-old mother of three.

Fitzgerald said Saturday that investigators believe Patterson acted alone.

Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested. "She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that". Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said in a statement that they await Patterson's initial court appearance and the filing of charges against him on Monday.

The first published photo of Jayme on Friday shows her smiling with her dog, Molly, and her aunt.

Jayme's aunt, Jen Smith, said on Saturday on ABC's Good Morning America that when she heard that her niece had been found alive, "I just cried lots of happy tears".

Her aunt said Jayme slept well.

"She is doing great", Fitzgerald told CNN's "Anderson Cooper Full Circle".

Recommended News

We are pleased to provide this opportunity to share information, experiences and observations about what's in the news.
Some of the comments may be reprinted elsewhere in the site or in the newspaper.
Thank you for taking the time to offer your thoughts.