Cameron church celebrates safe return of Jayme Closs

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

The grandfather of a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say escaped a man who killed her parents and held her captive for three months said Sunday she's in "exceptionally good spirits".

Jayme on Thursday asked a stranger for help after fleeing the woodland cabin near the small town of Gordon where she said she had been imprisoned. That led to an intense search that ended on Thursday when she was found alive 70 miles from her home.

For months they had been praying Jayme was safe and would return home to her friends and family. "She's in exceptionally good spirits".

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

"You see the dad go in and out on weekends primarily is when you see him and the kids", said a neighbor.

An intruder blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs' home near Barron with a shotgun October 15, gunned the couple down and made off with Jayme. "We have a job to do, in terms of representing our client protecting his right and his interest, but we also understand the pain and the emotion that has been generated within this community", said Richard Jones.

Nutter, a social worker who spent year working for the child protection services, spotted that Jayme looked unkempt and wasn't dressed for the cold weather and approached the teen, at which point Closs disclosed who she was.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, '" Kasinskas said. "Now I pray that she can handle this and get her life back together", Schoenecker added.


Barron county sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters Patterson took measures to avoid leaving evidence at the Closs family's home, including shaving his head before breaking in. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

Her alleged kidnapper, Jake Patterson, 21, was expected to be charged today [MON].

Patterson was not at home when Jayme escaped, the sheriff added.

"It was great to know she was next to me all night", and "what a great feeling to have her home", Smith's post reads.

Property records show their father, Patrick Patterson, was the owner of the home until days after Closs' abduction, when it became property of the bank.

Her church family wants to make sure she knows she has support in the coming days, weeks, months and even years ahead.

Fitzgerald said Saturday that investigators will try to determine, among other things, how Jayme escaped and the conditions in which she was held. That's been the goal of mine for 88 days. "Did she go with him to the store? Did he buy food?" he said.

"Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough", he told CNN's "Anderson Cooper Full Circle" Friday, "We can't be more proud of Jayme".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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