Girl found alive months after parents were killed

Erika Holt
January 12, 2019

Fitzgerald said 13-year-old Jayme Closs was able to escape on Thursday from her captor, who he identified as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson.

Neighbours in the small northern community called police, who said they took a suspect into custody.

She says the parents later moved away but Patterson and his brother continued to use the home.

Fuhrman said that while Patterson has no criminal record, he believes he has committed other crimes or has a mental defect.

According to Closs's aunt Sue Allard, the teenager was found after escaping and finding a woman walking her dog in a housing development outside the town.

January 10, 2019 - Jayme is found alive in the Town of Gordon, a rural community about an hour from her home.

Authorities said Jayme had been home when her parents were killed, that she was not suspect and that they believed she was in danger.

"I was terrified, but I didn't want to show her that", Nutter told the AP. I mean, how she got out, we don't know that yet, you know, it wasn't just on her own.

Nutter added: "My only thought was to get her to a safe place".

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The notification that Jayme had been found came just four hours after Fitzgerald had taken to Twitter to debunk a report that she had been found alive near Walworth County.

This has been a long and exhausting search for her family, but they say they never gave up hope. "She did not talk about why or how".

Investigators continue to speak to Jayme, and are still learning more about her frightening ordeal, Fitzgerald said. Only then did the girl reveal her name. "I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means". Jayme was believed to be home when they were killed, but she was gone when authorities arrived. He was arrested without incident and was being interviewed by law enforcement on Friday.

Closs was reported missing on October 15 after her parents were found shot to death in their home in rural Barron, Wisconsin, about an hour's drive south of where she was located. Douglas County, where Jayme was found, is hundreds of miles northwest of Walworth County. The Barron County Sheriff's Department said the girl had likely been abducted.

October 23, 2018 - About 2,000 volunteers from as far as Minneapolis help with another ground search. A woman walking her dog told dispatchers she was approached by a young woman who said she was Jayme Closs. She was rescued nine months later with the help of two witnesses who recognised her abductors from the America's Most Wanted television programme. "Jayme has been found!", Kroeze posted. The woman took Jayme to a neighbor whose house was nearby, who called the 911. As they waited for authorities, Jayme declined food and water, and instead met the family's puppy.

"Jayme, we need you here with us to fill that hole we have in our hearts", Smith said more than a week after the girl went missing.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said he was not sure whether Mr Patterson and Jayme knew each other.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department said Jayme Closs has been located and is alive.

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