Inside the hell house of Jayme Closs's alleged kidnapper

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2019

Gayle King spoke to Closs' relatives in Barron, Wisconsin, about how the teen is doing.

The circumstances of the transfer weren't clear.

Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of shooting and killing Jayme's parents before abducting the 13-year-old at her Wisconsin home in October.

As Jayme Closs starts her road to recovery following her kidnapping, investigators are trying to piece together what happened during the almost three months she was in captivity. Authorities are holding Patterson on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide. Jail records don't list an attorney for him.

When Jayme said the name, Kasinskas said she immediately recognized it.

Jayme, 13, had vanished after her parents were found dead more than two months ago, the neighbor told Kasinkas.


"My beloved sister Denice and brother in law Jim can rest a peace, and I keep assuring them Jayme is safe and we will make sure [she is] forever", Smith added in her emotional post.

"We believe Jayme was the target, and he was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her", Fitzgerald said.

Then, on Thursday, a woman walking her dog in the town of Gordon, about an hour north of Barron, spotted Jayme on the street.

He is alleged to have broken into her home in Barron, Wisconsin, before murdering her parents and abducting her.

Smart, who is married and now 31, said that although the details of Jayme's ordeal have not been released, the fact that the girl "rescued herself" speaks volumes of her strength.

Wearing an oversized shirt and shoes that were too big for her, she described a girl who seemed like she'd grabbed at whatever she could to make her escape, trying to survive as she ran through the icy wilderness.


"This is the nightmare case that we all, as parents, family members ... dread", FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo said. "And really that she rescued herself", Smart told "GMA" co-anchor Robin Roberts. Fearful the kidnapper may be looking for Jayme, she told her partner to get a gun as he called 911.

A sign above the door reads "Patterson retreat", and another says "welcome" - but the grounds, which are littered with junk cars, rusty bikes and garbage - feel anything other than inviting.

Investigators say there's no evidence of any online interactions between him and Jayme.

Charging documents could shed more light on the case.

"There doesn't appear to be any connection between Mr Patterson and the Closs family at all", said Barron County Sherriff Christ Fitzgerald in a CNN interview.

Sunday night, his public defenders Charles Glynn and Richard Jones met with Patterson and afterward talked with the media.


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