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MISSING GIRL Jayme Closs FOUND On Doorstep!

by | Jan 11, 2019 | Breaking News, Crime, Current Events, News | 0 comments


Kristin Kasinskas was at home Thursday evening when someone pounded on the door. When she opened it, her neighbor was standing next to a skinny girl with unkempt hair and oversized shoes.

“This is Jayme Closs!” the neighbor said, according to an account Kasinskas gave to the Star Tribune in Minneapolis. “Call 911!”

With those words, the frantic search for Jayme ended 87 days after she vanished on October 15, the same night police found her parents dead in their home near Barron, Wisconsin. She was located Thursday near the remote, far northwestern Wisconsin town of Gordon, about 70 miles north of where she was last seen.

As the stunned neighbors stood at the door, Jayme did not say a word.

The neighbor was walking her dog when Jayme approached and asked for help, according to Kasinskas, a local teacher.

The woman was so unnerved, she did not want to be identified, the Star Tribune reported. She told the paper that when Jayme walked up to her, she immediately knew who she was.

They rushed to the nearest home, which happened to be that of Kasinskas. As they waited for authorities, Jayme declined food and water, and instead met the family’s puppy.

“I honestly still think I’m dreaming right now. It was like I was seeing a ghost,” Kristin’s husband, Peter Kasinskas, told the paper.

Kristin Kasinskas said Jayme told her she had been held in the Gordon area — near Kasinskas’ home — by someone who killed her parents on the night she disappeared.

“She said to us that, ‘This person killed my parents and took me,'” Kasinskas told CNN.

“She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household,” the woman said. “She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that.”

Jayme was located shortly before 5 p.m., and a suspect was arrested 10 minutes later, authorities said. Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the murder of Closs’ parents and one count of kidnapping, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Friday.

Since right after Jayme disappeared, authorities had said they believed she was in danger. Her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot dead in their home the same night she went missing.

Investigators say a mysterious 911 call led deputies to discover the bodies. When the dispatcher called back the number, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs. The log does not say who made the 911 call, but the dispatcher heard yelling in the background.

Police arrived to find the door kicked in but no one was there. Investigators had said they believed Jayme was at home during the shooting.

Why was Jayme Closs targeted?

That was the still unanswered question Friday as a relieved Wisconsin town and law enforcement celebrated the escape of the 13-year-old girl after nearly three months in captivity — and the arrest of the man now charged with kidnapping the girl and murdering her parents, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson.

Jake Thomas Patterson

“For 88 days I have stood before you and said we would work tirelessly to bring Jayme Closs home,” a clearly delighted Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference to announce Patterson’s arrest. “Today I can report we have done just that. At this moment, Jayme is being in the comforting embrace of law enforcement as the investigation into her three month ordeal ensues.”

Asked whether Jayme and Patterson had any prior contact before Oct. 15, when the suspect allegedly killed the teen’s parents and abducted her, Fitzgerald answered, “We believe there was none.”

Asked whether Jayme and Patterson had any prior contact before Oct. 15, when the suspect allegedly killed the teen’s parents and abducted her, Fitzgerald answered, “We believe there was none.”

Jayme and Patterson “don’t appear to have any contact on social media,” the sheriff added.

Patterson, who is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the deaths of James Closs, 56, and his wife Denise, 46, as well as kidnapping, lives in tiny Gordon, Wisconsin — some 70 miles from Jayme’s hometown of Barron.

Fitzgerald said detectives have only started to question the girl about her ordeal and when asked if Patterson had a police record, he said the suspect has “zero criminal history.” But they believe the suspect intended to abduct Closs.

Patterson was arrested near his home in Douglas County, Wisconsin and was being held in the Barron County Jail.

The desperate search for Jayme ended Thursday when the missing girl suddenly emerged from the woods in near Gordon and asked a woman walking her dog for help, Fitzgerald said.

“In cases like this, we often need a big break and it was Jayme herself who gave us that break,” FBI Special Agent in Charge R. Justin Tolomeo said.

Patterson was arrested after Jayme gave authorities a description of his vehicle, investigators said. He was pulled over and taken into custody shortly after she was found.

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