Jayme Closs, missing USA teen, found alive after 87-day search

Jayme Closs, missing USA teen, found alive after 87-day search

She was due to be reunited with her extended family later on Friday.

GORDON, United States: A 21-year-old man has been charged with murdering the parents of an American teen as part of a calculated plot to kidnap her, police said Friday, after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found alive following three months in captivity.

FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo told reporters: "In cases like this we often need a big break - it was Jayme herself who gave us that break".

Jake Patterson, 21, allegedly shot and killed Jayme's parents.

He added: 'She did not talk about why or how.

"Jayme was the target", said Mr Fitzgerald.

Kristin Kasinskas said Jayme knew her captor's name, but the girl said she didn't know Patterson before he abducted her.

"I don't understand it yet myself", Fitzgerald said.

"My kids and I - we went downstairs", she said.

The sheriff said that he did not know if Jayme had been physically abused but that she was hospitalized overnight for observation and released.

It's believed that Jayme was held captive at that same remote woodland cabin after her abduction in October from her family home in Barron. She said they stole things and spent time in foster care.

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Sheriff Fitzgerald confirmed that Jake Patterson is scheduled to appear in Court on Monday January 14, 2019 regarding charges of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and Kidnapping. It was not immediately known whether the unemployed Patterson had an attorney.

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview on Saturday that no one in the family knew Patterson.

Police said they had a man in custody in connection with the disappearance of Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents, James, 56, and Denise, 46, whose bodies were found in their home on October 15.

The sheriff said investigators believe Patterson killed them in order to abduct the girl.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson extensively plotted the attack to the point where he shaved his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence behind.

Investigators are trying to determine how Jayme escaped from Patterson's home, Fitzgerald said. Property records show that the cabin belonged to Patterson's father.

Police always said they believed Jayme was still alive. Neighbour Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the parents moved away but that Patterson and his older brother, Erik, continued to stay in the cabin. Police said Patterson had ties to Barron but did not elaborate.

He had no criminal record, according to the sheriff.

He graduated from high school in Minong, about 10 miles south of Gordon, in 2015 and participated on the quiz bowl team. I can't wait to get my arms around her. He said she was largely silent. "I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog on Thursday afternoon when Jayme approached her for help and revealed her identity. "I just wanted to scream very loudly". "I'm lost", Ms Nutter, a social worker, told the Associated Press. She spoke with WTVF about how the news of someone else's daughter coming home feels while her daughter is still missing. She described him as nice, quiet, and smart, but said she hadn't seen him since he was about 11 or 12.

"This is Jayme Closs!" the unnamed woman told Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, who live around 14km east of Gordon, Wisconsin.

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