Jayme Closs: authorities search for motive in 'tragic' kidnapping case

Cheryl Sanders
January 14, 2019

"Did he take things with her, did she go with him to the store, did he buy clothes for her, did he buy food", he said.

He said it's also important for Jayme to know that "anything you're thinking and feeling is normal".

Jayme was pictured smiling alongside her relieved aunt Jennifer Naiberg Smith, who gave permission for the image to be used after their emotional reunion. The organizer tells 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS it's to help Jayme recover and maybe help with college tuition.

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know Denise or Jim", Naiberg said.

Naiberg, Jayme's grandfather, said he spent a few hours with her on Friday.

Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her family after being held captive by the man who allegedly murdered her parents
Camera Icon Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her family after being held captive by the man who allegedly murdered her parents

As people nationwide continue to send support online, it's now possible for people to mail in cards, gifts and well wishes for Closs and her family. "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam.

"Crazy up and down thoughts", Helman said.

Jayme's aunt says the healing process will be long but they are dedicated to putting her first. "She survived for 88 days and we were just overjoyed", Straub said.

For most child kidnapping victims, they have the hope that their parents will find them, "but in this case she knew her folks were dead and couldn't find her", Bowers said.

Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec says his office received a 911 call at about 4:30 p.m. saying Jayme Closs had been located.


In anticipation of the crime, the suspect cut his hair so he wouldn't leave behind physical evidence in Closs' home, Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald said.

Jayme has been described as "medically cleared", although Sheriff Fitzgerald was unable to comment on whether the youngster had endured any abuse while being held captive.

"Probably one of the more hard issues is going to be finding that new sense of normalcy in her life", said Smart, a 31-year-old mother of three.

Authorities said they believed Closs was Patterson's "only target" and was taken against her will.

The cabin is in Eau Claire Acres, a development about 10 miles 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.


A former classmate, who was not named, said Patterson stayed mostly to himself and was quiet. Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, the sheriff said.

Investigators have said Patterson's goal was to kidnap Closs, but he appears to have no connection to the family.

Unemployed Patterson had no previous criminal history and was not on the radar of police.

Smart said she would get defensive when people asked her why she didn't run or scream when her captors sometimes traveled with her out in the open.

"I'm going to give her the biggest hug and tell her that I'm here for her and that I love her very much", she said on the morning show. But the sheriff said it did not appear Patterson interacted with the couple during his brief time there. Like Closs, she was also found alive, but after nine months of captivity.


"Jayme is an example of why we never lose hope and never stop searching", the organisation said on Facebook.

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