Jayme Closs' family wonders why suspected kidnapper targeted her

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 13, 2019

The barricades continue to block access to the road Jayme ran down to escape from the man who held her captive for 88 days.

Investigators have said Patterson's goal was to kidnap Jayme, but he appears to have no connection to the family.

"(Jayme) don't know him from Adam.

The suspect took several steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the public, investigators say.

Officials did not expand on why Jayme was targeted.

Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her aunt and dog on Friday afternoon, posing for a picture her aunt shared on the "Healing for Jayme Closs" Facebook page. Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview Saturday that the only thing the family knows for sure is no one knew Patterson. Her captor was not at home when she managed to flee, Mr Fitzgerald said.

"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".

At one point, more than 2,000 people joined the sheriff's hunt for the 13-year-old.

On Thursday, after being missing for close to three months, Jayme approached a stranger near the small, isolated north woods town of Gordon, Wisconsin and pleaded for help.

Shortly after law enforcement came for Jayme, they arrested Patterson in his vehicle, while he apparently was looking for the girl.

He was being held in the Barron County jail, and it was not yet clear whether he had a lawyer.

"But really Jayme is the hero here". Patterson's high school teachers barely remember the now 21-year-old man who graduated only three years ago, and say they didn't realize he still lived in the area.

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

Ms Nutter said Jayme was skinny, dirty and wearing shoes too large for her feet.

She brought Jayme to the home of neighbours Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, as it was farther away from where she found the teenager.

Nutter said, "This is Jayme Closs!" "My jaw just went to the floor". Court records don't list an attorney for Patterson and The Associated Press was unable to reach family members to speak on his behalf. "The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to great lengths to prepare to take her".

Jayme reportedly stayed at the home for about 20 minutes, declining food and water.

Another aunt, Sue Naiberg Allard, posted that Jayme got "the most awaited hug ever" when he returned home. "I just wanted to scream very loudly".

Her uncle, Jeff Closs, told KARE News the family had "thought it was going to be a different ending".

"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.

"She is doing as well as circumstances will allow", Fitzgerald said.

The area where Jayme was eventually found is a remote community with around 30 homes near the Eau Claire River, the Star Tribune reported.

The town of Gordon itself has under 750 residents.

Local, state and federal investigators searched for the teen for months. She had been placed on the FBI's Missing Person's list on October 15 and was considered "endangered".

Nobody spoke, but the dispatcher could hear muffled yelling at the other end of the line.

When police arrived at the home four minutes later, they found the parents, James and Denise Closs, shot dead.

Both Jayme and the suspect have made initial comments to authorities, he said.

Police ruled Denise and James' deaths homicide, and appealed for help finding Jayme.

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