‘Jayme is the hero’ sheriff says of Wisconsin woman who escaped captor

Once-Missing Wisconsin Teen Jayme Closs Is a 'Complete Badass,' Says Cousin: 'She Saved Herself'

By Gabriella Borter and Joseph Ax

(Reuters) – A 13-year-old woman’s escape from a rural dwelling the place she was held captive for 3 months by a Wisconsin man charged with murdering her mother and father helped break the case and she or he must be handled as a hero, the native sheriff mentioned on Friday.

Jayme Closs is together with her aunt after her rescue on Thursday and has been reunited with the remainder of her household and her canine, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald informed reporters.

Hundreds of volunteers and lots of of legislation enforcement officers had searched the small city of Barron after Closs’ mother and father have been discovered shot lifeless of their dwelling in October, their entrance door blown open with a shotgun, their daughter gone.

Closs was focused by suspected kidnapper Jake Patterson, 21, who fastidiously deliberate her mother and father’ homicide, even shaving his head to keep away from leaving forensic proof on the crime scene, Fitzgerald informed reporters.

“Jayme was the goal,” mentioned Fitzgerald. “The suspect had particular intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to nice lengths to organize to take her.”

Counting on what Fitzgerald referred to as “the need of a child to outlive,” a raveled Closs escaped the home within the tiny city of Gordon the place she had been held captive, about 60 miles (100 km) north of her dwelling in Barron. Her captor was not at dwelling when she managed to flee, Fitzgerald mentioned. She was discovered by a girl strolling her canine on Thursday afternoon.

“Jayme is the hero on this case. She’s the one who helped us break this case,” Fitzgerald informed reporters.

Closs spoke to investigators on Friday after spending an evening within the hospital for analysis. Authorities didn’t supply any particulars concerning the situations of her captivity or how she had managed to flee.


Lower than 15 minutes after Closs’ rescue, Patterson was taken into custody after police pulled him over, primarily based on Closs’ description of his car.

“The suspect was out on the lookout for her when legislation enforcement made contact with him,” Fitzgerald informed a information convention, including police weren’t searching for every other suspects within the case at the moment.

Police at the moment are making an attempt to work out why Patterson focused Closs.

“We do not consider there was a social media connection and are figuring out how he grew to become conscious of Jayme,” Fitzgerald mentioned. “Nothing on this case reveals the suspect knew anybody on the Closs dwelling, or at any time had contact with anybody within the Closs household.”

Patterson, an unemployed resident of Gordon, was charged on Friday with kidnapping and with murdering James and Denise Closs with a shotgun. Their our bodies have been found on Oct. 15.

He was being held within the Barron County jail, and it was not but clear whether or not he had a lawyer. He faces an preliminary courtroom listening to on Monday.

Authorities have launched few particulars about Patterson, who has no earlier felony report in Wisconsin.

Fitzgerald, the Barron County Sheriff, mentioned Patterson grew up in Gordon and attended highschool within the space.

The president of the Jennie-O Turkey retailer in Barron, the place James and Denise Closs had labored for many years, mentioned Patterson had been an worker there for a single day three years in the past. He give up the following day, saying he was shifting, Steve Lykken mentioned.

“We’re nonetheless mourning the lack of longtime Jennie-O relations Jim and Denise, however our complete group is celebrating with the group, and the world, that Jayme has been discovered,” Lykken mentioned.

The superintendent of the native college district, Jean Serum, described Patterson as a pleasant child and member of his highschool’s quiz bowl group. He graduated in 2015.


About 350 folks beneath the age of 21 are kidnapped by strangers in the USA every year, in keeping with FBI knowledge.

People who survive months in captivity want internal energy and quite a lot of luck, in keeping with survivors and specialists who’ve labored with such victims.

Elizabeth Sensible, who was held captive for 9 months as a youngster after her 2002 abduction in Utah, posted a photograph of Closs on Instagram, praising the “miracle” that she had been discovered.

“It doesn’t matter what might unfold in her story let’s all attempt to do not forget that this younger girl has SURVIVED and no matter different particulars might floor an important will nonetheless stay that she is alive,” Sensible wrote.

(Reporting by Joseph Ax and Gabriella Borter in New York; Further reporting by Wealthy McKay in Atlanta and Andrew Hay in New Mexico; Enhancing by Invoice Tarrant and Sandra Maler)

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