Sheriff Fitzgerald Updates Community On Closs Case

Cheryl Sanders
January 13, 2019

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

Jayme will soon be reunited with her family, officials said during a news conference on Friday.

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

Jayme's aunt Sue Allard told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune that she could barely express her joy after learning the news.

While the young man worked at the same meat processing plant as Jayme´s parents almost three years ago, he did so for only one day and police said there is no evidence that there was any contact between them.

Police identified the man suspected of kidnapping Jayme as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson.

Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec says his office received a 911 call at about 4:30 p.m. saying Jayme Closs had been located. Patterson is expected to make his initial court appearance on the charges on Monday.

Kasinskas said she knew of Patterson but didn't know him well.

Barron County district attorney Brian Right said he planned to file a criminal complaint against Mr Patterson next week.

Jayme was nowhere to be found and immediately investigators feared her parent's killer abducted her.

The girl had been missing since her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot to death on october 15 at the family's home near Barron.

Police believe he murdered the teenager's parents in order to abduct her.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators are trying to figure out what happened to Jayme during her captivity and why she was seized, and gave no details on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not home at the time. Officers arrested Patterson minutes later.

The barricades continue to block access to the road Jayme ran down to escape from the man who held her captive for 88 days. "It was awesome. The stress, the relief - it was awesome", Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald said, describing the moment he learned Jayme had been found. They said there is nothing to indicate that he knew or had contact with the family before the incident, and said they do not know how he came to fixate on Jayme.

Jayme was inside the home when her parents were killed.

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

Jayme was reportedly wearing shoes too large for her feet, and refused offers of food or water.

"I don't understand it yet myself", Fitzgerald said. The only link between them is that Jake worked for a single day at the Jennie-O turkey plant where Jayme's parents were employed for 27 years.

"He didn't say a whole lot and never really stood out a whole lot to me because he wasn't super engaging", Kasinskas said. She said she and her husband once caught them siphoning gas. We believe he acted alone.

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. "I mean, it's sad when you hear a story that your child is deceased, I don't want to hear that".

Fitzgerald said it's not clear whether Patterson, who is unemployed, owns the home, or how he kept Jayme there. She said: "My only thought was to get her to a safe place".

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