BARRON, Wis. — A 21-yr-previous man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the woman captive for almost three months before she managed to flee and reach safety as he drove round on the lookout for her, authorities stated.
Jayme Closs, thirteen, was skinny, matted and sporting footwear too huge for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for assist Thursday in the small, isolated north woods city of Gordon, the place police stated she was being held by Jake Thomas Patterson.
Inside minutes, Patterson was pulled over and jailed on kidnapping and homicide fees for what authorities stated was his meticulously planned shotgun attack at the woman’s house in October.
The information that Jayme was protected set off joy and aid 60 miles (ninety six kilometers) away in her hometown of Barron, population 3,300, ending an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst the longer she was missing.
“My legs started to shake. It was awesome. The stress, the aid — it was superior,” Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald stated, describing the moment he discovered Jayme had been found.
Jayme informed one of many neighbors in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin the place she had been held captive.
“She stated that this individual’s identify was Jake Patterson, ‘he killed my mother and father and took me,’” stated one other neighbor, Kristin Kasinskas. “She did not speak about why or how. She stated she didn’t know him.”
The sheriff stated investigators try to figure out what occurred to Jayme throughout her captivity and why she was seized, and gave no particulars on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not residence on the time. He stated there isn’t any evidence Patterson knew Jayme or her household or had been in touch together with her on social media.
“I do know all of you’re looking for the answer why any of this happened,” Fitzgerald stated. “Consider me, so are we.”
The sheriff stated that he didn’t know if Jayme had been bodily abused but that she was hospitalized overnight for statement and launched. Investigators have been still interviewing her, and she or he was “doing in addition to circumstances permit,” he stated.
Kasinskas referred to as 911 to report the woman had been found after one other neighbor out walking her canine encountered Jayme and brought her to Kasinskas’ house. Patterson was apparently out on the lookout for her when he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy based mostly on a description of his car from Jayme, authorities stated.
He was scheduled for an preliminary courtroom look Monday. It was not immediately recognized whether or not the unemployed Patterson had an lawyer.
Jayme’s grandfather, Robert Naiberg, stated he had been praying for months for the decision he acquired about his granddaughter.
“I assumed, ‘Good for her she escaped,’” he stated.
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