Man arrested in teen's abduction

Nellie Chapman
January 13, 2019

She was found by a woman walking her dog on Thursday afternoon.

Nutter said Friday that Jayme told her she had walked away from a nearby cabin where she'd been held captive, not far from the home of Nutter and the Kasinskas family.

Smart called Closs courageous, strong, and a powerful survivor - but also says there is a long road ahead.

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

The man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents more than two months ago appears to have led an unremarkable existence until then.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, was arrested and charged with kidnapping the eighth-grader and killing her parents, Denise and James Closs, officials said. It was her house Jayme Closs was brought to after she escaped to seek help. His initial court hearing is scheduled for Monday and records show he doesn't have an attorney yet.

Jayme's cousin, Angela De Andriano, is managing the gofundme account Jayme is Home - Help Heal her Heart. The sheriff said it appeared Patterson had no previous social media contact with the teen, Fitzgerald said.

"The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to great lengths to prepare to take her", said Fitzgerald.

After the news that 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found safe in Wisconsin after missing for almost three months, there are many emotions being felt by the families of other missing persons. He also confirmed that investigators believe that Jayme was the target and that she was Patterson's primary reason for going to the Closs residence.

At a press conference yesterday Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald said the teen told the Kasinskas 'he killed my parents and took me'.

Patterson was in the county jail Friday and is keeping quiet after talking on the day of his arrest.

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The sheriff said that he did not know whether Jayme had been physically abused. The girl's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, insisted Saturday that none of them know him, raising questions about how Patterson became aware of Jayme.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, 'he killed my parents and took me,"' Kristin Kasinskass said.

"I told Jayme, 'I am so happy to see you, ' that was all I could think to say to her", Peter Kasinskas said. She said she never saw Patterson on her street or in town, and doesn't remember seeing him since he was in high school.

Patterson is unemployed, although worked for one day at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, where the Closs' worked for 27 years.

Federal Bureau of Investigation special agent Justin Tolomeo told reporters: "In cases like this we often need a big break - it was Jayme herself who gave us that break".

"My kids and I - we went downstairs", she said.

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

Ownership of that rural cabin was transferred to a credit union by Patterson's father shortly after Jayme was kidnapped. She said: "My only thought was to get her to a safe place".

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

Patterson is being held on two counts of first degree intentional homicide for the murder of Jayme's parents and one count of kidnapping.

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