Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

"Like Seeing A Ghost": Missing Teen Found 3 Months After Parents' Murder


On Friday, police announced they'd arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, of Gordon, and charged him with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

"We don't believe there was a social media connection and are determining how he became aware of Jayme", Mr Fitzgerald said."Nothing in this case shows the suspect knew anyone at the Closs home, or at any time had contact with anyone in the Closs family".

"'She's talking, she's doing very well, ' they said", Smith told Good Morning America.

"We know he targeted her", he said of Patterson. "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam.

"It's a bad feeling when you don't know where your kid is but I don't know how I would react if I was to have mine walk through that door. She's the one who helped us break this case", Fitzgerald told reporters on Friday.

Mrs Kasinskas told the Press she had not seen him on their street or in town since high school, describing him as "a quiet kid". It was not immediately known whether the unemployed Patterson had an attorney.

The authorities have released few details about Patterson, who has no previous criminal record in Wisconsin.

The news that Jayme was safe set off joy and relief in her hometown of Barron, population 3,300 and about 60 miles (96 kilometers) from where she was found.

Local teacher Kristin Kasinkas told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune the dog walker had knocked on her door and told her, "This is Jayme Closs!". Smith wrote that the family faces a long road to recover from the ordeal.

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

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, who allegedly killed two people and held their daughter captive for three months. "She did not talk about why or how". "We don't really know a lot, all we know is just she's alive".


Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators are trying to figure out what happened to Jayme during her captivity and why she was seized.

The teen was said to be in good health and was to be reunited with her extended family late Friday. "I've always been a glass half-full kind of guy", Sheriff Fitzgerald said at the time. We believe he acted alone. The sheriff said investigators believe Patterson killed them in order to abduct the girl.

There is no evidence in the early stages of the investigation that links Patterson to the parents or to Jayme, Fitzgerald said.

They went to a nearby house and pounded on the door with Jeanne shouting 'This is Jayme Closs!

The cabin is in Eau Claire Acres, a development about 10 miles (16 kilometres) outside the tiny town of Gordon, nestled in the dense evergreen forests of northwestern Wisconsin that are popular with vacationers in the summer and snowmobilers and ATV riders in the winter.

Police said they sent three teams to tell family members at various locations that she had been found, including one group that was attending a basketball game. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

Patterson remained largely an enigma Saturday.

He has no criminal record, the sheriff said.

He worked for a day in 2016 for the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron before he quit, saying he was moving out of the area, according to Jennie-O President Steve Lykken. Shortly after the 911 call, a sheriff's patrol sergeant found the vehicle, pulled it over and took Patterson into custody, Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec said.

Over the past few months, detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches for Jayme, including one that drew 2,000 volunteers but yielded no clues.

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