Cameron church celebrates safe return of Jayme Closs

Blanche Robertson
January 14, 2019

A man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents is expected to be formally charged Monday, and the charging documents could shed light on what investigators believe the young man knew about his victims, his motives and tactics. Did he take things with her?

It was October 15 last year when 13-year-old Jayme was allegedly kidnapped by an intruder who had just shot her parents Denise and James Closs.

Jayme on Thursday asked a stranger for help after fleeing the woodland cabin near the small town of Gordon where she said she had been imprisoned.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Patterson had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme, but it remains unclear how he became aware of the girl.

Shortly before 1 a.m. that night, 911 dispatchers got a call during which they could hear yelling, but no one talked to the dispatcher. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating.

Her grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press that Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she doesn't know Patterson at all. They say he then gunned the couple down and made off with their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme.

Then on Thursday, a woman walking her dog spotted Jayme along a road near Gordon, a town about an hour's drive north of Barron. Her family insists they don't know the man.

Smart said she hopes Jayme's case serves "as a reminder that there are still children out there that we need to continue to find". "She is a strong girl and we are blessed to have her back", Trowbridge said. He is alleged to have broken into her home in Barron, Wisconsin, before murdering her parents and abducting her. We've actually been able to bring her home to Barron County.

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Jake Patterson had, as it turns out, worked at the same turkey processing plant, but only for a single day three years ago.

Nutter, who has a background as a social worker and who is a part-time academic advisor for the UW-Madison school of social work, was seemingly the flawless person to run into a distressed girl in need of immediate help.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911. "Now I pray that she can handle this and get her life back together", Schoenecker added. Nutter went to leave, only to return to the cabin to put on anti-slip cleats over her shoes.

When deputies arrested him, he was out looking for Jayme, Fitzgerald said.

The girl has been reunited with relatives, who shared pictures showing her smiling with her aunt and dog.

Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested. "I tingle because I have been praying for her since it happened, I don't know the family personally but it's just wonderful", said member, Larry Leff.

Jayme "had a pretty good night sleep", her aunt Jennifer Smith posted Saturday to Facebook.

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