Jayme Closs' grandfather says family had no connection to kidnapping suspect

Lester Mason
January 13, 2019

Jayme's parents James and Denise Closs were found shot dead on October 15 at their home in Barron, Wisconsin.

Sheriff Fitzgerald says Jayme was being held against her will in a home in the Douglas County community of Gordon, about an hour north of Barron.

Patterson is charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

Mr Fitzgerald said Jayme had not connected with Mr Patterson on social media, and the suspect had had no contact with anyone else in the family.

I didn't know he was my neighbor until Jayme said 'Jake took me'.

"But really Jayme is the hero here". "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam".

"It's a awful feeling when you don't know where your kid is but I don't know how I would react if I was to have mine walk through that door".

The sheriff said that he did not know if Jayme had been physically abused but that she was hospitalized overnight for observation and released. "Did he see her somewhere?"

Patterson's lawyers Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said in a statement they consider the situation "very tragic" and that they are relying on the court system to treat their client fairly.

The 13-year-old is now in the care of other family members after her 88-day ordeal in captivity. From what she told them, they believed she was in Gordon, a logging town of about 650 people, for most of the time she was missing.

Jayme was pictured smiling alongside her relieved aunt Jennifer Naiberg Smith, who gave permission for the image to be used after their emotional reunion.

Jayme's aunt Sue Allard told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune that she could barely express her joy after learning the news.


A woman who has a cabin nearby was walking along the isolated road when she saw Jayme on the cold evening, just about dusk, without a coat or gloves.

An alert stated that she was taken from her home by "unknown individual (s), likely with a gun".

"I don't understand it yet myself", Fitzgerald said. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them".

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson extensively plotted the attack to the point where he shaved his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence behind.

It's believed that Jayme was held captive at that same remote woodland cabin after her abduction in October from her family home in Barron.

Jayme was reportedly wearing shoes too large for her feet, and refused offers of food or water. 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. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

He had no criminal record, according to the sheriff.

Patterson is unemployed, although worked for one day at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, where the Closs' worked for 27 years.

The few neighbours who know Patterson's family say he grew up in a cabin in a remote development that's a mix of seasonal and year-round homes about 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside Gordon proper.

Over the past few months, detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches for Jayme, including one that drew 2,000 volunteers but yielded no clues.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said he hadn't heard any details about Jayme's discovery but was overjoyed at learning she is alive. Smart was rescued nine months later after witnesses recognized her abductors on an "America's Most Wanted" episode.

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