Inside the hell house of Jayme Closs's alleged kidnapper

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2019

The young man allegedly killed Closs' parents, James and Denise, in order to abduct the teen from her home on 15 October previous year, however his motive for the kidnapping remains unclear.

Police officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme's description of his vehicle.

Closs instead waited for Patterson to leave the secluded cabin where he had been keeping her, then escaped and ran to a nearby road where she was found by Jeanne Nutter, who had been walking her dog.

Patterson went to the Closs home outside Barron, Wisconsin, with the intention of taking Jayme, Fitzgerald said.

"We believe Jayme was the target, and he (Patterson) was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her", Fitzgerald said.

Jayme Closs is seen in an undated photo released October 15, 2018, by the Barron County Sheriff's Department.

"I've been a social worker since 1976", she said.

Nutter told reporters she knew the young girl needed help and took her inside.

"In my mind, I said, 'oh, that can't be the same person, '" she said.

"My beloved sister Denice and brother in law Jim can rest a peace, and I keep assuring them Jayme is safe and we will make sure [she is] forever", Smith added in her emotional post.

"When she wants information, we'll give it to her; and when she wants to tell us things, we'll take it from her", he said. They claim Patterson shaved his head to avoid being recognised or associated with the crime.

Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron. Her family insists they don't know the man. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, according to the company.

A panicked 911 call was made that night, with frantic movement heard, but no words audible. The call came in from Denise Closs' cell phone.

Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, who helped rescue Closs, described the girl as "dirty", "thin" and "really exhausted and run down" after she escaped the hell house Thursday. Authorities have said Patterson's goal the night he broke into the Closs' home was to kidnap Jayme, but it's unclear how Patterson became aware of her, especially since he lived an hour away.

Jayme told them Patterson wasn't going to be home until midnight, Kasinskas recalled.

"I got my firearm out and stood by the door until the police arrived".

"My neighbor and I ... legitimately thought someone was coming for her", Kasinskas said.

An empty box of female adult diapers found on the premises of Jake Patterson's property. He is jailed on homicide and kidnapping charges.

Nutter objected to a media report that described Jayme as being "dirty", but she said the girl clearly wasn't appropriately dressed for being outside and was obviously in distress.

When Jayme said the name, Kasinskas said she immediately recognized it.

Jayme was hospitalized, and later released and reunited with her relatives and dog, Molly, in Barron.

Her hair "was like a big dreadlock - like she'd been laying down", Kristin told The Post at her Wisconsin home.

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