Jayme Closs' grandfather says family had no connection to kidnapping suspect

Jayme Closs

Jayme Closs

Jayme Closs, 13, has told authorities since her escape on Thursday that she was held captive at that same remote woodland cabin after her abduction in October from her family home in Barron.

Closs turned up almost three months after she was snatched by a man who fatally shot her parents so he could kidnap their daughter, according to law enforcement authorities.

"The good news is, I was told this morning that Jayme woke up at a safe home for the first time in 88 days with a smile on her face".

Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested.

"We have recovered a gun consistent with what was used at the scene of the initial homicide", said the sheriff.

Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement officers had been searching around the clock for her after her parents were found shot dead in their home, the front door open and the girl gone.

Patterson's parents divorced in 2008, according to online court records.

A Facebook page called "Healing for Jayme Closs" has been set up where her family will provide updates on her condition.

"You're going to want to examine the charity itself, the organizer; make sure they've included some kind of description of how they are related to the family, what specific details about what they're going to do with the money", said Susan Bach of the Better Business Bureau. Owner Karen Beeler said she's run the place for 22 years and had never heard of the family before Jake Patterson was arrested. Kristin Kasinskas, one of the neighbors who took Jayme in after her escape last week, told the Associated Press that she was Patterson's middle school science teacher.

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.

Jayme was found Thursday outside the rural community of Gordon, where Patterson was holding her against her will in his home, authorities said.

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Fitzgerald said there is no evidence Patterson knew Jayme or her family or had been in contact with her on social media.

Finding Jayme alive has brought up a lot of emotions for kidnapping victims and families of missing children.

Still, Straub says Jayme's case gives several lessons.

Closs was missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in the small, isolated town of Gordon and pleaded for help.

Local, state and federal investigators searched for the teen for months.

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.

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Jayme told Nutter.

Patterson is scheduled to go to court Monday where he is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household". While the world may wonder what she went through in captivity, typically if a minor has suffered abuse their identities are kept private.

"The million-dollar question is why", Fitzgerald said Saturday.

Closs was released from a Minnesota hospital Friday and is staying in Barron, Wisconsin, with an aunt.

Her aunt said Jayme slept well.

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