Girl has no link to kidnapper: Grandfather

14 January, 2019, 03:39 | Author: Myra Gill
  • 11 2019 by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin shows Jake Thomas Patterson 21 suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs,13

Someone blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs' home in north-western Wisconsin in October, gunned the couple down and made off with their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs.

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. Neighbour Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the parents moved away but that Patterson and his older brother, Erik, continued to stay in the cabin. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

The sheriff also said that Patterson worked in the same Jennie-O turkey plant as Jayme's parents for less than two days over three years ago.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wisconsin, was arrested soon thereafter, and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of Jayme's parents and one count of kidnapping.

Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested.

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.

Authorities have said they don't believe Patterson crossed paths with Jayme's parents there.

Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook Saturday that Jayme was doing well.

Both the woman and the neighbour recognised the teen immediately on Thursday due to the enormous public campaign following her disappearance, Fitzgerald said. But the sheriff said it did not appear Patterson interacted with the couple. First, to celebrate her homecoming but also realize she will need time and space to adjust to life after what she's been through.

Shortly before 1 a.m. that night, 911 dispatchers got a call during which they could hear yelling, but no one talked to the dispatcher.

The 13-year-old is now in the care of other family members after her 88-day ordeal in captivity. "I think she was doing OK despite the circumstances", she said.


Patterson was driving around in his vehicle when he was apprehended Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference.

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know Denise or Jim", Naiberg said.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson's goal was to kidnap Jayme but that the family didn't know him. "We can't be more proud of Jayme".

During the intense, nationwide investigation for Jayme, officials from the FBI, state patrol and local law enforcement received thousands of tips.

The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children said it was "overjoyed" that Closs was found alive.

They sought refuse with husband and wife Kristin and Peter Kasinskas while the police turned up.

Mr Fitzgerald noted police information was "limited" and Jayme was still being interviewed, but she had been medically cleared and released from hospital.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, '" Kasinskas said.

Patterson was scheduled for an initial court appearance on Monday. I figured if they hadn't found her by now that the person that did this didn't want her dead, so I had hope.

"Jayme had a pretty good night sleep it was great to know she was next to me all night what a great feeling to have her home", Smith said.

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