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Attorneys for suspect in Closs case 'relying on integrity of judicial system'

13 January 2019
Attorneys for suspect in Closs case 'relying on integrity of judicial system'

Sheriff Fitzgerald said in November that he kept similar cases in the back of his mind as he worked to find Jayme, including the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, who was taken from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, when she was 14 years old.

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.

One aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook Saturday that it was great to know Jayme was next to her all night and that it was a "great feeling to have her home". "It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!"

Another aunt, Sue Naiberg Allard, posted that Jayme got "the most awaited hug ever" when she returned home.

A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for almost three months before she managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said.

Less than 15 minutes later, 21-year-old Jake Patterson was in custody after police pulled over his vehicle, based on Closs' description.

Both the woman and the neighbor recognized the teen immediately on Thursday due to the enormous public campaign following her disappearance, Fitzgerald said.

Patterson was scheduled for an initial court appearance Monday.

Glynn and Jones issued a statement calling the case a "very tragic situation" involving a "substantial amount of information, interest, and emotion".

While authorities are still trying to determine the motive behind the kidnapping, more details about Patterson have emerged.

Jayme Closs, 13, managed to escape a remote cabin where she had been held against her will after her parents were killed.

"I thought, 'Good for her she escaped, '" he said.

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know Denise or Jim", Naiberg said. Jayme, officials said, had escaped from a home while Patterson was out. "She said she did not know him".

Teacher Kristin Kasinskas was at her home, in Gordon, Wisconsin, on Friday when a neighbour started frantically knocking on her door.

Jayme told one of the people in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held captive.

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

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

Police said they sent three teams to tell family members at various locations that she had been found, including one group that was attending a basketball game.

"My kids and I - we went downstairs", she said. Police are still investigating and say 'she is doing as well as circumstances allow'. It was not immediately known whether the unemployed Patterson had an attorney.

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. It appears he has been living in the family cabin; property records indicate his father still owned the place in October.

Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, the sheriff said.

He had no criminal record, according to the sheriff.

Kasinskas, who teaches middle and high school science, said Patterson had been a student when he was 12 or 13 years old.

Jayme has been described as "medically cleared", although Sheriff Fitzgerald was unable to comment on whether the youngster had endured any abuse while being held captive. Girls ages 12 to 17 are most commonly abducted.