Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs reunites with aunt after rescue

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Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested. He was jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide. Closs was found alive in the Town of Gordon on January 10, 2019.

"The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to great lengths to prepare to take her", said Fitzgerald.

"At this time, nothing in this case shows the suspect knew anyone at the Closs home or at any time had contact with anyone in the Closs family", Fitzgerald said. She also said, Jayme was next to her all night and that it was a "great feeling to have her home".

Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

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 know he lived in that house alone", he said.

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".


Officers say they don't think their paths crossed. Prosecutors anticipate filing homicide and kidnapping charges against him on Monday.

Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook that Jayme was doing well. After almost 90 days of being held against her will, Jayme Closs is finally home.

"It has been unreal for the community, we've went from extreme fear for both Jayme and her family and for everyone in the community to now just elation. It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!"

For Michelle Knight, 37, who was one of three women chained in a Cleveland house for years by rapist Ariel Castro - Knight was held for 11 years - Jayme's escape brought back memories of her own first days out of captivity.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, '" Kasinskas said. "She did not talk about why or how". "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

Sheriff Fitzgerald said investigators were trying to figure out what happened to Jayme during her captivity and why she was seized, and gave no details on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not home at the time. "Believe me, so are we".

Despite Erik Patterson's criminal record, few across the township seem to have heard of his family.


Barron Area School District administrator Diane Tremblay added that it was important for her students to be together during Closs' disappearance to share hope of her safe return.

Patterson grew up in Gordon, a sprawling township of 645 people tucked into the snowy evergreen forests about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Lake Superior.

Her aunt said Jayme slept well. No one pressed her to talk, he said, adding that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and doctors advised them to let her speak when she's ready.

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

He worked for a day in 2016 for the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron before he quit, saying he was moving out of the area, according to Jennie-O President Steve Lykken. James Kuffel, the township's lone constable, said he knows nearly everyone in the area but has never encountered the Pattersons.

Elizabeth Smart - who was abducted aged 14 in 2002 in Utah and held captive for nine months - said in an Instagram post: "No matter what may unfold in her story let's all try to remember that this young woman has SURVIVED".


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