Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Jayme Closs' grandfather says family doesn't know suspect Jake Thomas Patterson

Jayme Closs' grandfather says family doesn't know suspect Jake Thomas Patterson

Closs was found alive almost three months to the day she was abducted from her western Wisconsin home where her parents were found shot and killed. He was being held in Barron County's jail on preliminary charges of intentional homicide and kidnapping, and will have an initial court appearance Monday.

They found her parents, 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs, dead from gunshot wounds when they arrived.

Jayme Closs had been missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in a small Wisconsin town and pleaded for help. Officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme's description of his vehicle.

The authorities have released few details about Patterson, who has no previous criminal record in Wisconsin.

About three years ago, Patterson worked at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron - where Jayme's parents were employed - and then quit, saying he was moving, company President Steve Lykken said. James Kuffel, the township's lone constable, said he knows nearly everyone in the area but has never encountered the Pattersons.

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg reiterated Saturday that the family had no connection with Patterson and didn't know him.

"I'm happy to hear that Jayme is found alive and well, I'm happy for that", said Koua Lee, the brother of Hang Lee, who disappeared from St. Paul in 1993 when she was 17 and never has been found.

"We're running on Jayme's time right now", he said. "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam. [But] he knew what he was doing. They say she was "the only target".

Jake Thomas Patterson grew up in Gordon, a sprawling township of 645 people tucked into the snowy evergreen forests about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Lake Superior.

The news that Jayme was safe set off joy and relief in Barron, which has a population of 3300.

"I know exactly what she felt like coming out of the situation", Knight, who was freed in 2013 and has since legally changed her name to Lily Rose Lee, told NBC News.

Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her family after being held captive by the man who allegedly murdered her parents
Camera Icon Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her family after being held captive by the man who allegedly murdered her parents

Jayme's cousin, Angela De Andriano, is managing the gofundme account Jayme is Home - Help Heal her Heart.

Kidnapping victim Jayme Closs spent her first night in her new home next to her aunt, according to a Facebook post Saturday.

Jayme told one of the neighbours in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held captive.

"It appears he concealed her from other people. his friends", Fitzgerald said.

"While I don't know how she escaped at this time, we believe that the suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald said.

"One of the things that helped me recover so quickly is that nobody forced me to talk about what happened", said Beers, 36, who is married and has two children. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them".

The sheriff said he didn't know whether Jayme had been physically abused.

The Closs' door had been shot open; Patterson had shaved his head so as not to leave hair behind, Fitzgerald said. It appears he has been living in the family cabin; property records indicate his father still owned the place in October.

The cabin is in Eau Claire Acres, about 10 miles outside the tiny town of Gordon, in the dense evergreen forests of north-western Wisconsin.

Ms Nutter said Jayme was skinny, dirty and wearing shoes too large for her feet.

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