Sheriff speaks about Jayme Closs, names suspect


Jake Patterson, 21, charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and two counts of first-degree murder for murdering her parents, appears in a booking photo provided by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Barron, Wisconsin, U.S., January 11, 2019.

"I just cried. lots of happy tears", Jen Smith, the girl's aunt, told ABC's Good Morning America programme, describing when the Barron County Sheriff informed her that Jayme had been found alive.

Jayme had approached Kasinskas' neighbor - the woman police say was walking her dog - Thursday afternoon.

That woman rushed Jayme to Kristin Kasinskas' home nearby and asked her to call 911, Kasinskas told CNN. Investigators believed Jayme was kidnapped before her parents were gunned down in their home.

"We do believe that Jayme was the only target", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said according to CNN. On Friday, Jayme underwent medical and mental evaluations, spoke to law enforcement and was scheduled to be reunited with her family.

Jayme's family said what's most important is that she'll be home soon.

Patterson had no criminal record in Barron County or the state of Wisconsin, according to Fitzgerald.

Jayme spent the night at a hospital, where she was evaluated.

As the stunned neighbors stood at the door, Jayme did not say a word. She said she taught him middle school science but only remembered that he was quiet.

Patterson is being held in the Barron County jail on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide in the killing of Jayme's parents. I can't wait to get my arms around her. She did not know where Gordon was, and she didn't know where she was at the time.

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Sue Allard, Jayme's aunt, told the Star Tribune that she could barely express her joy after learning the news Thursday night. "She just yelled please help me I don't know where I am".

On Monday 15 October 2018, emergency services received a call at the Closs family address in Barron from a mobile phone.

Jayme Closs, 13, vanished early October 15 and her parents were found fatally shot in their home near the town of Barron in northwestern Wisconsin.

Police believe the teenage girl may have been in the house at the time of the murder and had been searching for her. An initial ground search yielded no clues, but a second search by more than 2,000 people turned up several items of interest to investigators, the AP reports.

Elizabeth Smart, rescued nine months after being abducted while a teen from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, called the result "a miracle".

He acknowledged that Jayme may not be the same person she was before she disappeared.

"I'm going to hug her. Squeeze her", Naiberg said, his voice cracking.

Upon arrival, they discovered that Jayme was missing.

There were days when it was hard to hold onto hope, he said.