Man detained after girl (13) found alive three months after parents' murder

Saul Bowman
January 12, 2019

Despite arriving just minutes after the call, deputies found her parents shot dead and Jayme missing.

A 21-year-old man has been charged with murdering the parents of a U.S. 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.

The aunt of Wisconsin teenager who disappeared after her parents were killed in the family's home says the girl escaped from where she was being held and ran to a woman walking her dog for help. "And it was Jayme herself who gave us that break".

Jayme went missing after police discovered someone had broken into the family's home outside Barron and shot her parents, James and Denise Closs.

"Authorities say Jayme escaped from a cabin in the town of Gordon on Thursday and they arrested Patterson on homicide and kidnapping charges". He said a search warrant is now being served on the Gordon home and authorities are also investigating several cars that belong to Patterson, who he said has "zero" criminal history. He says she told them she didn't know where she was or anything about Gordon, the small town near where she was found.

"I was at the right place at the right time", she said. I don't know where I am. "I'm lost", Ms Nutter, a social worker, told the Associated Press.

A 21-year-old man is jailed in the deaths of a Wisconsin couple he killed because he wanted to kidnap their teenage daughter, investigators said Friday, a day after the girl approached a stranger along a rural road saying she'd been abducted in October and held against her will.


The sheriff said the suspect had no prior contact with the Closs family, and that the teen "was the only target". He said that he did not know if Jayme had been physically abused but that she was hospitalized overnight for observation and cleared and released after a checkup.

Kasinskas called 911 to report the girl had been found after another neighbor out walking her dog encountered Jayme and brought her to Kasinskas' house. Jayme was skinny and dirty, wearing shoes too big for her feet, but appeared outwardly OK, the neighbors said.

"She seemed kind of in shock and kind of timid", Kasinskas said.

A suspect has been taken into custody and arrested in connection to her disappearance but has not been identified.

At the press conference, Baron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald alleged the suspect planned the crime and that "Jayme was the only target", and that Patterson allegedly went to the home for the objective of kidnapping Jayme and had no prior contact with the parents. "I can tell you that the subject planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public".

Since Jayme's disappearance almost three months ago, scores of people in Wisconsin and Minnesota helped authorities look for her. Some tips led officials to recruit 2,000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23, but it yielded no clues. The FBI offered a cash reward for information on Jayme's whereabouts, and hunters in the area were urged to be on the lookout for clues. Jayme was nowhere to be found, with the Barron County Sheriff's Department describing her as likely abducted.

"I thought, 'Good for her she escaped, ' " he said. "I've been in the dumpster for three months". Details of what happened in the almost three months since the girl vanished remain unclear, he said, though he said Patterson "took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public".

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