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Investigators piece together what happened in 3 months of Jayme Closs' captivity

14 January 2019
Investigators piece together what happened in 3 months of Jayme Closs' captivity

Jayme Closs, 13, has told authorities since her escape on Thursday that she was held captive at that same remote woodland cabin after her abduction in October from her family home in Barron.

Authorities said Jayme was skinny, disheveled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for help Thursday in the small north woods town of Gordon, about 60 miles (100 kilometers) from her hometown of Barron.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wisconsin, was arrested soon thereafter, and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of Jayme's parents and one count of kidnapping.

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

"He was just really quiet whenever I'd see him in the hallways and stuff", said Hannah Kroeze, who went to the same school as Patterson.

Authorities have said they don't believe Patterson crossed paths with Jayme's parents there. [But] he knew what he was doing.

"We want her to feel comfortable and then after a while, she probably won't want the attention so it'll probably come down but it'll be up for a while because we're thrilled", Seelig said.

Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, the sheriff said. Prosecutors anticipate filing homicide and kidnapping charges against him on Monday. The discovery ended an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst.

"It was great to know she was next to me all night", Jennifer Smith posted on Facebook on Saturday.

Jennifer Smith, Jayme's aunt and now legal guardian, posted two photos of Jayme smiling after what she said was a good night's sleep in Smith's home.

"The whole nation loves her and is so proud of her and admires her so much for surviving everything that she's done", Smart said.

Smart called Closs courageous, strong, and a powerful survivor - but also says there is a long road ahead.

Another Aunt, Sue Allard, said she could barely express her joy after learning the news.

Jayme told the couple she had been held captive in a cabin and didn't know where she was or anything about Gordon.

He added: 'She did not talk about why or how. Police say he was out on the streets looking for Jayme after she escaped.

Investigators believe Jayme was at the home when her parents were killed, and that Patterson abducted her from there, Fitzgerald said.

"I think hope helps you get through the makes it easier", Simmers said. "I'm glad my dog wanted to go for a walk and we did and there she was". Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves. After almost 90 days of being held against her will, Jayme Closs is finally home.

Jeanne Nutter, who has a cabin in the Gordon area, was walking her dog on an isolated road around 4 p.m. when she saw Jayme out in the cold around dusk. No one pressed her to talk, he said, adding that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and doctors advised them to let her speak when she's ready. He said she was largely silent and did not talk about how Patterson had kept her confined.

Patterson remained largely an enigma om Saturday.