Jayme Closs: grandfather says teenager in 'good spirits' after rescue

Jake Thomas Patterson

Jake Thomas Patterson

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.

Nutter explained that she didn't want to go into her cabin because she's not there all the time, and the suspect, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, might think to stop there to look for Jayme if he saw Nutter's vehicle.

Authorities have said Patterson's goal the night he broke into the Closs' home was to kidnap Jayme, but it's unclear how Patterson became aware of her, especially since he lived an hour away.

A mysterious phone call early on October 15 led authorities to discover that Jayme's parents - James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46 - had been shot dead at their family's home near the small town of Barron in northwestern Wisconsin.

"I'm lost, and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Nutter recalled Jayme saying before she brought the girl to the Kasinskas' home.

"She hadn't taken a bath for weeks if at all", added Peter. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating.

After officers arrived at the home and took Closs to safety, they told Kristin and her kids to get away from any windows in case the abductor came to the home.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, leading the investigation, has said he wants to know why Jayme was targeted, in an attack he has described as being calculated.

Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron. "I asked her, 'Who had you?' and 'Where did they have you?' I asked her about the vehicle, she said 'red auto, Jake Patterson, '" Kasinskas said.

"My neighbor and I ... legitimately thought someone was coming for her", Kasinskas said.

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Jayme described Patterson's vehicle to law enforcement officers and they found him soon after, driving the streets, allegedly hunting her. She was able to escape her abductor after almost three months of being held captive by Jake Thomas Patterson.

"Jeanne said, 'If you have a gun, get it ready".

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

So Nutter chose to go to the nearby home of Pete and Kristin Kasinkas, who are year-round residents there.

Minutes later, the police radio cackled: Patterson had been apprehended.

Jayme was alone, without a coat or gloves in the Midwestern chill, Nutter said.

"I got my firearm out and stood by the door until the police arrived". 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.

When Jayme said the name, Kasinskas said she immediately recognized it. "What a great feeling to have her home".

"She's our little survivor", Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Naiburg Smith, said.

"All this was going through my head, that my place wasn't safe", she said.

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