Wisconsin kidnapping, killing suspect lived under the radar

Nellie Chapman
January 14, 2019

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.

Katie Beers' joy quickly turned to deep concern when she learned 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive in rural Wisconsin almost three months after police say a man shot and killed her parents then abducted the girl from their home.

Closs was found almost 70 miles from the home where her parents were brutally murdered.

Patterson took measures to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, including shaving his head beforehand, and a shotgun was recovered from the home where Jayme was believed held, Fitzgerald said.

The update from authorities came a day after they announced that Closs, 13, was found alive following a almost three-month disappearance.

Additionally, authorities "don't believe there was a social media connection" between Closs and Patterson and are working to figure out "how he became aware of Jayme", Fitzgerald said. Even during the 88 days of captivity of Jayme - we still don't think that anybody assisted him in that. But the sheriff said it did not appear Patterson interacted with the couple during his brief time there.

The grandfather of a USA girl who was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead says the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn't understand why he targeted her, deepening a mystery that has captivated the nation.

According to a neighbor, Patterson's parents moved away but the two sons continued to use the home.

Ownership of that rural cabin was transferred to a credit union by Patterson's father shortly after Jayme was kidnapped.

"I don't know her but I have been praying for her".

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The girl's name rose to the top of the FBI's missing persons list, and authorities offered a US$50,000 reward for information leading to her recovery.

The cabin is in Eau Claire Acres, about 10 miles outside the tiny town of Gordon, in the dense evergreen forests of north-western Wisconsin.

"Jayme is the hero in this case, there's no question about it", he said. We don't know if he was stalking her or what.

Straub also said Jayme's case brings up the issue of victim privacy.

"The suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding police were not seeking any other suspects in the case at this time. "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam.

Nutter took her to the nearby home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas. "She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that".

Patterson is due in court on Monday where he'll be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping, the official said.

Jeff Closs, Jayme's uncle, said that the teen's return was shocking.

It shows her with Jennifer Smith, one of Closs' aunts, and the girl's dog Molly. Later that night, the Barron County Sheriff's Department (BCSD) notified the public of the good news. She spoke with WTVF about how the news of someone else's daughter coming home feels while her daughter is still missing.

Jayme had approached a woman who was out walking her dog.

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