Jayme Closs found alive, suspect Jake Patterson in custody

Posted January 12, 2019

Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who had been missing since her parents were found fatally shot in October, has been found alive.

"She was skinnier than in her photograph, but I think healthy overall", Kasinskas said, adding that Closs identified her kidnapper.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in November that he kept similar cases in the back of his mind as he worked to find Jayme, including the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 when she was taken from her Salt Lake City home in 2002.

Police believe the crime was deliberate and planned. He has no known criminal history.

After 87 days, 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been found alive in rural Wisconsin.

Gordon, the area in which Jayme was found, was apparently not on investigators' radar, police said.

But Kasinskas said Jayme told her she had been held in the Gordon area - near Kasinskas' home - by someone who killed her parents on the night she disappeared. "She seemed kind of in shock and kind of timid, but she did talk to us a little bit, and she came in and sat down in our living room and was able to have a conversation with us", Kristin Kasinskas told the TODAY Show. Jayme was quiet, her emotions "pretty flat, " Peter Kasinskas said.

Patterson lived just three doors down from Kasinskas, but Kasinskas said she didn't realize it until police identified him as the suspect.

Still, so much remains a mystery: Who killed Jayme's parents?

A 21-year-old man shot a Wisconsin couple to death in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months in an isolated north woods town before she managed to escape, authorities said Friday.

What about the arrested suspect?

The Barron County Sheriff's Department has scheduled a news conference Friday morning.

Jayme disappeared without a trace from her family's home near Barron after someone broke in and killed her parents, James and Denise Closs, on October 15. It was her neighbour, who had been out walking her dog when Jayme approached her asking for help.

Jayme has been medically cleared and released from hospital, but has yet to be reunited with her family.

"And I just shut myself totally down".

Jayme's relatives are breathing sighs of relief. They were found shot to death in their home on October 15, the night their daughter disappeared, reported NBC News. Fitzgerald said he didn't know whether Patterson owned the home there or whether it was the only location where he had allegedly held the girl.

The FBI had been searching nationwide for Closs and described her as "endangered". "I woke up to 15 phone calls".

Nobody spoke, but the dispatcher could hear muffled yelling at the other end of the line.

Police arrived four minutes after the call was placed to find the home's front door kicked in. Police said they believed the teen was still alive and in danger.

"Finally, we want to especially thank the family for their support and patience while this case was ongoing".

"We never give up hope, you know?"

Thousands of people joined search parties for months as investigators received thousands of tips. A $25,000 reward was offered for her safe return.

In December, the Barron County Clerk of Courts Office dedicated its Christmas tree to Jayme. The color green is often used to raise awareness of missing children. Jayme was missing and an AMBER Alert was issued for her.

Barron, a town of less than 3 square miles, has a population of about 3,300, according to US Census figures.