Classmates, teachers remember Closs kidnapping suspect as 'quiet'


Jayme Closs had been missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in a small Wisconsin town and pleaded for help.

Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of shooting and killing Jayme's parents before abducting the 13-year-old at her northwestern Wisconsin home on October 15.

News that Jayme had been found alive ended an all-out search that gripped the country. "It was awesome. The stress, the relief - it was awesome", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said, describing the moment he learned Closs had been found.

The update from authorities came a day after they announced that Closs, 13, was found alive following a almost three-month disappearance.

Fitzgerald says authorities don't know of any social media connection between Patterson and the girl.

Jayme Closs was missing for 88 days. Did he take things with her? "She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that". "Did he buy food?" he said.

Jayme told one of the neighbors in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held. But the sheriff said it did not appear Patterson interacted with the couple during his brief time there.

"The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to great lengths to prepare to take her", said Fitzgerald. In the conference uploaded by WEAU, the Fitzgerald said that Jayme was reunited with her aunt at the hospital and was also reunited later that evening with the rest of her family. "She said she did not know him". He was pulled over near where Jayme Closs was found and arrested thanks to a vehicle description she provided.

It's unclear exactly what Jayme experienced - including whether she was coerced with threats or physically abused - so people must be careful how they interact with her, said Duane Bowers, a trauma therapist who works with families of missing and exploited children and adults.

It's the end of an ordeal the Barron County community has been searching for. Authorities are not looking for any additional suspects, Fitzgerald said.

Naiberg said in a telephone interview that the only thing the family knows for sure is that no one knew Patterson. 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. Investigators are trying to determine whether he worked at another job in the area.

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She vanished on October 15 after her parents - James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, - were shot dead at their home in Barron County. When the dispatcher called back, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs. Once the police arrived and confirmed her identity, they left with Jayme.

For months, thousands of people joined search parties as investigators received thousands of tips.

The girl's name rose to the top of the FBI's missing persons list, and authorities offered a US$50,000 reward for information leading to her recovery.

The houses and cabins are very spread out in the area that is about 10 minutes from downtown Gordon. "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam".

The two went to the home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, who called 911.

The investigation suggested that the suspect didn't know any family members at the home, nor had he been in touch with them, but allegedly went there with the objective of kidnapping the teen, Fitzgerald said. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

Jake Thomas Patterson is being held on kidnapping and homicide charges after his arrest Thursday.

Jeff Closs, Jayme's uncle, said that the teen's return was shocking.

12 show the 13-year-old comforted by her aunt and beloved pets.

One aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook Saturday that it was great to know Jayme was next to her all night and that it was a "great feeling to have her home". So now, "she needs to control and experience her memories in a way that. doesn't retrigger" her trauma.