Jayme Closs: Suspect named in kidnapping and murder case


Nearly three months after 13-year-old Jayme Closs went missing, a 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with kidnapping her and killing her parents.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald holds a booking photo of the suspect in the kidnapping of Jayme Closs, that he identified as Jake Thomas Patterson, during a press conference in Barron, Wis., Jan. 11, 2019.

Jayme Closs was located on Thursday evening and is to be reunited with her family, said police.

The woman who found the teen - who asked that her name not be used - walked her to the nearby home in Gordon.

Throughout the investigation, Fitzgerald said he did not believe that that Closs was involved in her parents' deaths.

October 18, 2018 - About 100 people join a ground search for Jayme after Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald requests the help of volunteers.

"The subject planned his action and went to great lengths to hide his identity from law enforcement", Fitzgerald said.

Jayme's family said what's most important is that she'll be home soon.

Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told the AP on Friday that he'd been praying for months for the call he received Thursday about his granddaughter being found alive.

Fitzgerald called it "remarkable" that she was recognized by members of the public, which was the hope of authorities.

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The Douglas County Sheriff's Office posted on their Facebook page late Thursday thanking "the citizen who phoned in the information".

Kasinskas said she brought the "slender-looking" girl into her living room and sat down with her.

She was found wandering in the small town of Gordon, 65 miles north of her hometown of Barron, by a woman who was out walking her dog, after the child apparently fled her captor.

Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, said her niece was in the hospital Thursday night.

"I don't even really know how to describe it, just kind of like the surprise and panic at the same time", she shared.

She was found alive in the northwest Wisconsin town of Gordon, about 60 miles from where she had gone missing.

Police did not know what happened or the motive for the killings, and a murder weapon was not recovered, according to U.S. media reports at the time.

Sheriff's officials in Wisconsin's Barron County say Jayme Closs, a teenager whose parents were found shot dead inside their home in October, has been found alive. She was rescued nine months later with the help of two witnesses who recognised her abductors from the America's Most Wanted television programme. "They offered her food and water but she declined".

"I was at the right place at the right time", the woman said. 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. I can't wait to get my arms around her.

Following "88 days of prayers", Closs is home, Tremblay said. "I just can't wait".