Missing Wisconsin teen found after three months, kidnapping suspect in custody

Jayme Closs, who went missing in October has been found alive

On Friday, police identified the man they allege killed Jayme' parents before abducting the teen as Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters at a press conference that it appeared Patterson went to the Closs' home with the intention of abducting Jayme.

"Jayme is the hero in this case".

On 10 January, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office announced Jayme had been found alive.

The terrified teenager was found by dog walker and social worker Jeanne Nutter, who said the girl begged for help and revealed her name. James Kuffel, the township's lone constable, said he knows nearly everyone in the area but has never encountered the Pattersons.

"I know all of you are searching for the answer why any of this happened", Fitzgerald said.

"The million-dollar question is why", Fitzgerald said Saturday.

Jayme, who had been missing since the incident in October, was discovered by a woman walking her dog in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 60 miles north of her home town of Barron.

Jayme told one of the neighbours in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held captive. I didn't even know he lived on this street. "It was great to know she was next to me all night".

Smart called Jayme's rescue "a miracle" on Instagram. Officers arrested Patterson, 21, minutes later, based on Jayme's description of his vehicle.

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

However, neighbors noted they rarely saw Patterson and hadn't seen Jayme around. But the sheriff said it did not appear Patterson interacted with the couple during his brief time there. It is about a one-hour, 50-minute drive from Minneapolis, and is about 50 minutes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Investigators were still interviewing her, and she was "doing as well as circumstances allow", he said. She said he was a shy, bright student in middle school who kept a small circle of friends.

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Also unclear is why he allegedly targeted her in the first place.

'We did get a tip on a sibling that has some criminal record. He worked for one day in 2016 at the same Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Jayme's parents.

He may have worked at another business in Barron but that hasn't been confirmed, the sheriff said.

He was being held in the Barron County jail, and it was not yet clear whether he had a lawyer. That woman brought Jayme to the home of neighbors Peter and Kristin Kasinskas.

Jayme spent Thursday night in hospital but has since been released. Those two then rushed to Kasinskas' home, which was nearby.

Interested in Jayme Closs? "Call 911 right now!"

Investigators have yet to comment on what Jayme endured during her 88 days in captivity.

Ms Nutter said Jayme was skinny, dirty and wearing shoes too large for her feet. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

"She looked. kind of in rough shape".

"Everybody has been praying for her and I think no matter where you go it's always a little chatter", said Jim Helman, who works at Tru Value.

Anyone with information about Bond may call the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office at 615-898-7720. "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam.

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