'Jayme is the hero', sheriff says of Wisconsin girl who escaped captor

Pauline Gross
January 13, 2019

Jayme Closs's aunt, Jennifer Naiberg Smith, posted an update on Jayme's condition Saturday morning, shared via the Healing For Jayme Closs Facebook page. It was his neighbor, Jeanne Nutter, and the missing girl who'd vanished without a trace nearly three months ago. "It was great to know she was next to me all night".

On Thursday evening, the sheriff's department announced that Jayme had been located after she managed to escape her alleged abductor almost 90 days after she went missing. Only then did the girl reveal her name.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said he hadn't heard any details about Jayme's discovery but was overjoyed at learning she is alive. I can't wait to get my arms around her.

She said, 'I'm Jayme, ' the woman told CNN affiliate WCCO. He said she was largely silent.

The woman took her to a neighbor's house where they called police.

The girl was reported to be skinny and dirty, wearing shoes too big for her feet.

"Call 911!" the dog walker told Kasinskas. "She didn't have any emotion - she was probably in shock". Sheriff Fitzgerald went on to again state that at this time there is no indication that Patterson had prior contact with Jayme, either through social media or in any other way.

Smart, a child safety activist who was abducted from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, called Jayme "brave, strong and powerful" in an Instagram post this week.

She brought Jayme to the home of neighbours Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, as it was farther away from where she found the teenager.

Jayme told one of the neighbors in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held.

Fitzgerald said Friday that authorities do not know how Patterson became aware of Closs, as he reportedly never had contact with her family.

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

Officials say Closs is doing well after having been missing from the Barron area since October 15.

"But really Jayme is the hero here". The couple offered her food and water, but she declined both. "It was awesome. The stress, the relief - it was awesome", Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald said, describing the moment he learned Jayme had been found.

"I've always been a glass half-full kind of guy", Sheriff Fitzgerald said at the time.

"It appears he concealed her from other people. his friends", Fitzgerald said.

The Patterson family moved to Gordon about 15 years ago and Jake and Erik were raised there and attended Minong High School, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Patterson, who was unemployed, remained largely an enigma Saturday.

Patterson was being held in the Barron County jail, and it was not yet clear whether he had a lawyer.

The Baron county sheriff holds up a photo of the suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson. He is expected to make an initial court appearance sometime next week, after the Barron County District Attorney files a criminal complaint. The girl's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, insisted Saturday that none of them know him, raising questions about how Patterson became aware of Jayme. "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam.

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

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