Investigators piece together what happened in 3 months of Jayme Closs' captivity

Lester Mason
January 14, 2019

According to a Facebook page that was originally set up when Jayme disappeared but is now titled Healing for Jayme Closs says that if you would like to write any letters or well wishes to Jayme or her family, you can send it to Light the Way Home for Jayme Closs at PO box 539 in Rice Lake, WI 54868.

Jake Patterson was arrested Thursday after authorities say 13-year-old Jayme Closs managed to escape from the cabin and approach a neighbor, who sought help.

Twenty-one-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is expected to appear in Barron County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon, after prosecutors formally charge him with intentional homicide and kidnapping.

Nutter said she's glad that Patterson was quickly apprehended, and that Jayme is already safely back with her family.

Jayme Closs on Thursday fled the cabin near the small town of Gordon where she said she had been imprisoned. "I think all of our prayers is what brought her home", said Geri Schoenecker, another church member.

She took Closs to a nearby home where the residents, Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, called 991.

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

"All I know is that she was able to get out of that house and get help and the people recognized her as Jayme Closs right away", Fitzgerald said.

"The officer told us to get away from the windows and get downstairs", Kasinskas said. As an example, Fitzgerald said Patterson shaved his head to avoid leaving any hair as evidence during the assault.

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.

Records show that defendant Jake Thomas Patterson's father transferred the title of the cabin near Gordon to Superior Choice Credit Union on October 23, eight days after the October 15 attack at the Closs family's home near Barron, which is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Gordon.


"This is the nightmare case that we all, as parents, family members ... dread", FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo said.

Jayme described Patterson's vehicle to law enforcement officers and they found him soon after, driving the streets, allegedly hunting her. The call came in from Denise Closs' cell phone.

The power of prayer reaching all the way from Cameron to where Jayme was being kept in a rural home in Gordon where she had the strength to escape.

Jeanne Nutter, who has a cabin in the Gordon area, was walking her dog on an isolated road around 4 p.m. when she saw Jayme out in the cold around dusk.

The two women hovered around Jayme as they waited for the police to arrive.

Jayme was alone, without a coat or gloves in the Midwestern chill, Nutter said.

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

"She looked thin", Nutter said.

Nutter, of Strum, left her home later that day than she wanted to.

The girl has been reunited with relatives, who shared pictures showing her smiling with her aunt and dog. "We love you Jayme", Trowbridge said.

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