Jayme Closs' grandfather says family doesn't know suspect Jake Thomas Patterson


Closs was found alive almost three months to the day she was abducted from her western Wisconsin home where her parents were found shot and killed. He was pulled over near where Jayme Closs was found and arrested thanks to a vehicle description she provided.

She vanished October 15 after James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were gunned down inside their home in Barron County, about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

Jayme was skinny, dishevelled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for help on Thursday in the isolated town of Gordon, about 100 km north from her hometown of Barron.

A shotgun believed to have been used by Patterson to shoot open the door to the Closs' home has been recovered by officers. He was jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide.

"Jayme is safe!" Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. He worked for one day in 2016 at the same Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Jayme's parents.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, 'he killed my parents and took me, '" said another neighbor, Kristin Kasinskas.

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg reiterated Saturday that the family had no connection with Patterson and didn't know him.

With Jayme, the nation knows her, her captor and will learn of any charges.

"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".

"We knew she was still there".

Mrs Kasinskas told the Press she had not seen him on their street or in town since high school, describing him as "a quiet kid".

The Baron county sheriff holds up a photo of the suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson. The discovery ended an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst.

Kidnapping victim Jayme Closs spent her first night in her new home next to her aunt, according to a Facebook post Saturday.

Detectives will keep talking to Jayme, but at her own pace, to get more details to help in their investigation. "It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!"

Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, told the Star Tribune: "It's the news we've been waiting on for three months".

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, ' " Kasinskas told CNN's Poppy Harlow. "She did not talk about why or how".

"The suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding police were not seeking any other suspects in the case at this time.

On Thursday, Jayme escaped the rural home where she was being held. "I'm glad my dog wanted to go for a walk and we did and there she was". "He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know Denise or Jim", Naiberg said.

It's unclear exactly what Jayme experienced - including whether she was coerced with threats or physically abused - so people must be careful how they interact with her, said Duane Bowers, a trauma therapist who works with families of missing and exploited children and adults. Neighbour Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the parents moved away but that Patterson and his older brother, Erik, continued to stay in the cabin.