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Jayme Closs: Man, 21, named in kidnapping and murder case Jayme Closs: Man, 21, named in kidnapping and murder case
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Wisconsin police have charged a 21-year-old man with murdering a 13-year-old girl's parents last October so he could abduct her.Wisconsin police have charged a 21-year-old man with murdering a 13-year-old girl's parents last October so he could abduct her.
Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested on two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of kidnapping, police said on Friday.Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested on two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of kidnapping, police said on Friday.
Jayme Closs was found alive by the suspect's neighbours on Thursday.Jayme Closs was found alive by the suspect's neighbours on Thursday.
She had escaped on foot from a remote cabin where she had been held against her will after her parents' murder.She had escaped on foot from a remote cabin where she had been held against her will after her parents' murder.
Jayme will soon be reunited with her family, said officials during a news conference on Friday.Jayme will soon be reunited with her family, said officials during a news conference on Friday.
They described the 13-year-old as the suspect's "only target" and said Jayme was "taken against her will". They described Jayme as the suspect's "only target" and said she was "taken against her will".
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Mr Patterson has no criminal history in the state of Wisconsin. Officials did not expand on why Jayme was snatched.
Investigators say he took "many proactive steps" to hide his identity from law enforcement and the public. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the girl had not connected with Mr Patterson on social media, and the suspect had had no contact with anyone else in the family.
Officials did not expand on why Jayme was targeted. He said the unemployed suspect had ties to the city of Barron, where the Closses lived, but did not elaborate.
Sheriff Fitzgerald said Jayme had not connected with Mr Patterson on social media, and the suspect had had no contact with anyone else in the family.
He said the unemployed suspect had ties to the Barron area, but did not elaborate.
Sheriff Fitzgerald noted police information was "limited" and Jayme is still being interviewed, but she has been medically cleared and released from hospital.Sheriff Fitzgerald noted police information was "limited" and Jayme is still being interviewed, but she has been medically cleared and released from hospital.
"There is a reunification process in place going on right now that includes medical mental evaluation, questioning by detectives and FBI agents, and then reunification with family," he said."There is a reunification process in place going on right now that includes medical mental evaluation, questioning by detectives and FBI agents, and then reunification with family," he said.
"It's amazing - the will of that 13-year-old girl to survive and escape.""It's amazing - the will of that 13-year-old girl to survive and escape."
How was Jayme found?
Jayme was found on Thursday in the small town of Gordon, some 70 miles (110km) from her home in Barron.Jayme was found on Thursday in the small town of Gordon, some 70 miles (110km) from her home in Barron.
According to Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec, Gordon police pinpointed and arrested Mr Patterson 11 minutes later thanks to a description of his vehicle that Jayme provided.According to Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec, Gordon police pinpointed and arrested Mr Patterson 11 minutes later thanks to a description of his vehicle that Jayme provided.
Mr Patterson was interviewed by Douglas County officials and then transported to the Barron County jail.
FBI 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."FBI 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."
Barron County District Attorney Brian Right said he plans to have a criminal complaint against Mr Patterson filed by next week.
'Like a ghost'
Local teacher Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog when she found Jayme on Thursday.Local teacher Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog when she found Jayme on Thursday.
She told the Associated Press that the 13-year-old had shouted "please help me, I don't know where I am, I'm lost". She told the Associated Press that the girl had shouted "please help me, I don't know where I am, I'm lost".
Ms Nutter said Jayme was skinny, dirty and wearing shoes too large for her feet.Ms Nutter said Jayme was skinny, dirty and wearing shoes too large for her feet.
She brought Jayme to the home of neighbours Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, as it was further away from where she found the teenager. She brought Jayme to the home of neighbours Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, as it was farther away from where she found the teenager.
"It was like I was seeing a ghost," Mr Kasinskas told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "My jaw just went to the floor.""It was like I was seeing a ghost," Mr Kasinskas told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "My jaw just went to the floor."
Mr Patterson lived just a few houses away from the Kasinskas family, and Mrs Kasinskas had been one of his school teachers, the Associated Press reported.
Mrs Kasinskas told the Press she had not seen him on their street or in town since high school, describing him as "a quiet kid".
"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means," she added.
Jayme reportedly stayed at the home for about 20 minutes, declining food and water.Jayme reportedly stayed at the home for about 20 minutes, declining food and water.
Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, told the Star Tribune: "It's the news we've been waiting on for three months.
"I can't wait to get my arms around her. I just can't wait."
Her uncle, Jeff Closs, told KARE News the family had "thought it was going to be a different ending".
"We don't really know what shape she's in," he added. "We don't really know a lot, all we know is just she's alive."
The area where Jayme was eventually found is a remote community with around 30 homes near the Eau Claire River, the Star Tribune reported.The area where Jayme was eventually found is a remote community with around 30 homes near the Eau Claire River, the Star Tribune reported.
The town of Gordon itself has under 750 residents, according to census data.
During the intense, nationwide investigation for Jayme, officials from the FBI, state patrol and local law enforcement received thousands of tips.During the intense, nationwide investigation for Jayme, officials from the FBI, state patrol and local law enforcement received thousands of tips.
What do we know about the suspect?
Sheriff Fitzgerald said Mr Patterson has no criminal history in the state of Wisconsin.
Investigators say he took "many proactive steps" to hide his identity from law enforcement and the public.
Mr Patterson lived just a few houses away from the Kasinskas family, and Mrs Kasinskas had been one of his school teachers, the Associated Press reported.
Mrs Kasinskas told the Associated Press she had not seen him on their street or in town since high school, describing him as "a quiet kid".
"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means," she added.
Mr Patterson was interviewed by Douglas County officials and transported to the Barron County jail.
Barron County District Attorney Brian Right said he plans to have a criminal complaint against Mr Patterson filed by next week.
How was Jayme abducted?
Jayme Closs went missing on Monday 15 October 2018, after emergency services received a mobile phone call from her family address in Barron.Jayme Closs went missing on Monday 15 October 2018, after emergency services received a mobile phone call from her family address in Barron.
911 dispatchers heard a disturbance in the background, but no-one spoke to them directly.911 dispatchers heard a disturbance in the background, but no-one spoke to them directly.
When police arrived at the home four minutes later, they found the parents, James and Denise Closs, shot dead.When police arrived at the home four minutes later, they found the parents, James and Denise Closs, shot dead.
There was no sign of Jayme, nor of a suspect or murder weapon.There was no sign of Jayme, nor of a suspect or murder weapon.
The Closses' deaths were ruled as homicide by a medical examiner.The Closses' deaths were ruled as homicide by a medical examiner.
What's the reaction?
Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, told the Star Tribune: "It's the news we've been waiting on for three months.
"I can't wait to get my arms around her. I just can't wait."
Her uncle, Jeff Closs, told KARE News the family had "thought it was going to be a different ending".
"We don't really know what shape she's in," he added. "We don't really know a lot, all we know is just she's alive."
A survivor of one of America's most infamous kidnaps has welcomed the news of Jayme's escape.A survivor of one of America's most infamous kidnaps has welcomed the news of Jayme's escape.
Elizabeth Smart - who was abducted aged 14 in 2002 in Utah and held captive for nine months - said in an Instagram post: "No matter what may unfold in her story let's all try to remember that this young woman has SURVIVED."Elizabeth Smart - who was abducted aged 14 in 2002 in Utah and held captive for nine months - said in an Instagram post: "No matter what may unfold in her story let's all try to remember that this young woman has SURVIVED."