Wisconsin kidnapping, killing suspect lived under the radar

Saul Bowman
January 14, 2019

Police believe Patterson - said to have hidden the girl in the home he grew up in - killed the Wisconsin couple because he wanted to abduct their daughter.

Jayme stayed at the teacher's home for about 20 minutes and declined food and water, Associated Press reports.

"My legs started to shake".

Jayme was pictured smiling alongside her relieved aunt Jennifer Naiberg Smith, who gave permission for the image to be used after their emotional reunion.

Almost three months after her parents were found dead in their Wisconsin home, 13-year-old Jayme Closs emerged from the woods, malnourished and dirty with matted hair, and then flagged down a woman walking her dog for help.

Police say she had escaped on foot from a remote cabin.

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.

Closs was found by police Thursday after she had been missing for the previous 88 days. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them". But Fitzgerald said they never exhausted of looking for her.

Local teacher Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog when she found Jayme on Thursday.

After being cleared from the hospital, Jayme was taken to the Douglas County Facility where she was interviewed by authorities.

It won't happen quickly, though, Bowers said, and people need to realize that Jayme will relive her trauma in different ways throughout her life - including if she forms romantic relationships or has children of her own. "But I'd also tell her that there is no going back to who she was before she was kidnapped, before this happened".

One man, who has not been identified by police, was in custody, authorities said, in connection with the case of James Closs, 56, and his wife Denise, 46, whose bodies were found on October 15 while their daughter, Jayme, was missing.

The girl's disappearance was well publicised
Image The girl's disappearance was well publicised

Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, the sheriff said.

It appears Patterson went to the Closs home with the intention of taking Jayme, Fitzgerald said.

Patterson has not appeared in court to enter a plea.

Patterson was unemployed at the time of his arrest but worked one day in 2016 at the same Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Closs's parents. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, Lykken said. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

He has no criminal record, the sheriff said.

Another Aunt, Sue Allard, said she could barely express her joy after learning the news.

"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

Jayme was missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in the small, isolated north woods town of Gordon and pleaded for help. "So, I would just caution her community and anyone able to interact with her to really think about the questions they are asking her".

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas. Later that night, the Barron County Sheriff's Department (BCSD) notified the public of the good news. From what she told them, they believed she was in Gordon, a logging town of about 650 people, for most of the time she was missing.

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

Although friends and family might be eager to know details, the only control the victim has is when, to whom and how they tell their story, Bowers said, adding that's especially true of Jayme, who has lost so much.


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