Published: Mon, January 14, 2019

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

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

Then, on Thursday, a woman walking her dog in the town of Gordon, about an hour north of Barron, spotted Jayme on the street.

Churchgoers in a small northwestern Wisconsin town say their prayers were answered by the safe return of a 13-year-old girl almost three months after authorities say she was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead. And her alleged kidnaper was still out there, likely hunting for her.

After a harrowing 88 days in captivity Jayme Closs has finally been reunited with family, spending her first night home with aunt Jennifer Smith, the sister Closs' late mother Denise.

Kasinskas retrieved a gun they kept inside the house and brought the teenager into her living room.

The home was surrounded by police when they were collecting evidence.

Naiberg said the family recorded video of her parents' funeral for her with hopes that it might give her a bit of closure.

"He crawled right up on her lap and snuggled up to her", he added.

"This has been an emotional time for this community and a very hard time for this community - and we're aware of that".

Neighbors called 911 and officers arrested Peterson within minutes. Prosecutors are set to formally charge him with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping before court begins.

CNN has reached out for comment to Patterson's lawyers and is waiting to hear back. The call came in from Denise Closs' cell phone.


While investigators have said Patterson's goal was to kidnap Jayme, he has no apparent prior connection to the family. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves. "I want Jayme to be able to draw the line in the sand and be at that line starting forward today and if I could wish anything on her it's that she'd never have to go back through this again ever".

Her hair "was like a big dreadlock - like she'd been laying down", Kristin told The Post at her Wisconsin home.

"When I was on with 911, I was asking the questions". "It was great to know she was next to me all night".

Jake Patterson, 21, of Gordon, was arrested and charged with kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents, officials said.

"She was very calm", Peter said. "I didn't think he could ever do anything like this".

Nothing in particular stood out about Patterson in middle school, Kasinskas said. "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. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating. He did well in class, he was a good student. "I work on adoptions and with foster kids". It's also the home in which Patterson grew up.

"They taped the funeral for her, but they're not going to show it to her".

They didn't know where he was.

"She hugged everybody that was there - we tried not to overwhelm her".

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