'Jayme is the hero', sheriff says of Wisconsin girl who escaped captor

Leroy Wright
January 13, 2019

Fitzgerald hasn't said whether Jayme was sexually assaulted but said Saturday that investigators believe Jake Patterson acted alone.

"I hope we may all continue to support and embrace Jayme as she reclaims her life and comes to terms with the reality of her situation", the 31-year-old wrote.

After the news that 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found safe in Wisconsin after missing for almost three months, there are many emotions being felt by the families of other missing persons.

Patterson was arrested Thursday in Gordon, Wisconsin - shortly after authorities say Jayme was able to escape from a home at which she was being held when Patterson is believed to have been out.

News that Jayme had been found alive ended an all-out search that gripped the country.

A photo provided by the Barron County, Wis., Sheriff's Department show Jake Patterson, who has been jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges.

He is also accused of kidnapping the youngster.

On Thursday evening, the sheriff's department announced that Jayme had been located after she managed to escape her alleged abductor almost 90 days after she went missing.

A shotgun believed to have been used by Patterson to shoot open the door to the Closs' home has been recovered by officers.

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Fitzgerald says that two seals have died this week, in what she believes is a traffic accident. Two have been struck and killed by vehicles, and there is worry that the others may starve.

"There is a reunification process in place going on right now that includes medical mental evaluation, questioning by detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and then reunification with family". "Why he picked her is the million dollar question we're still trying to determine".

Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog on Thursday afternoon when Jayme approached her for help and revealed her identity. I don't know where I am!

She brought Jayme to the home of neighbours Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, as it was farther away from where she found the teenager. She told cops she met him three weeks earlier on an "online chat site".

"Jayme had a pretty good night sleep it was great to know she was next to me all night what a great feeling to have her home", Smith said.

Jayme spent Thursday night in hospital but has since been released. He said she was largely silent and did not talk about how Patterson had kept her confined. He said there is no evidence Patterson knew Jayme or her family or had been in contact with her on social media. "I mean, it's sad when you hear a story that your child is deceased, I don't want to hear that".

Another Aunt, Sue Allard, said she could barely express her joy after learning the news. "She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that". "I just wanted to scream very loudly". "Either digitally or physically, or that he knew them".

Her family have vowed to make her feel safe again and acknowledge her recovery will take time.

Over the past few months, detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches for Jayme, including one that drew 2,000 volunteers but yielded no clues. She said she didn't really remember anything about him except that he was quiet.

The president of the Jennie-O Turkey store in Barron, where James and Denise Closs had worked for decades, said Patterson had been an employee for a single day three years ago. Prosecutors anticipate filing homicide and kidnapping charges against him on Monday.

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