Jayme Closs case: Suspect saw parents as 'barrier' to kidnapping

Jake Thomas Patterson

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Jake Patterson was arrested Thursday after authorities say 13-year-old Jayme Closs managed to escape from the cabin and approach a neighbor, who sought help.

Police officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme's description of his vehicle.

"As a family we will get through all of the healing process Jayme has", Smith wrote.

"It was a privilege to have a little part in helping get her home", she said.

Investigators believe Patterson broke into James and Denise Closs' home near Barron on October 15, killed the couple and abducted their daughter.

A panicked 911 call was made that night, with frantic movement heard, but no words audible.

Authorities have said they don't believe Patterson crossed paths with Jayme's parents there.

Jayme was rescued Thursday while walking down a road in Gordon, Wisconsin in frigid weather without a coat and gloves.

For months they had been praying Jayme was safe and would return home to her friends and family.

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

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In June 2002, Smart, then 14, was abducted at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City, Utah, home, and held captive by couple Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee for nine months.

Kasinskas said she and her husband put their two children in the basement with the dogs, "and told them to watch the TV until we said it was OK to come back upstairs".

Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron.

The grandfather of a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl says she's in "exceptionally good spirits" after being found almost three months after authorities say she was kidnapped during a home invasion that left her parents dead.

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Jayme told Nutter.

"I think he was my student", she recalled saying.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

Twenty-one-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is expected to appear in Barron County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon, after prosecutors formally charge him with intentional homicide and kidnapping. She is now Jayme's legal guardian.

An empty box of female adult diapers found on the premises of Jake Patterson's property.

Her aunt said Jayme slept well. "A lot of the things that I went through, I was very embarrassed of, I was ashamed of, I didn't want people to know what I'd been through and I can only imagine that she, too, feels the same way". "What a great feeling to have her home".

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