Missing Wisconsin Girl Jayme Closs Is Reunited With Her Aunt, Sheriff Says

Missing Wisconsin Girl Jayme Closs Is Reunited With Her Aunt, Sheriff Says

Officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes after Jayme was found, based on the girl's description of his vehicle.

"My legs started to shake".

At a press conference yesterday Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald said the teen told the Kasinskas 'he killed my parents and took me'.

Jayme has been reunited with her family after being released from a hospital and undergoing medical and mental evaluation, authorities said Friday.

A 21-year-old man is suspected of killing her parents in October at their home in Barron, Wisconsin, then kidnapping the teen. She said the girl smiled when the couple talked to her and said hello to their children.

Investigators said Jayme was quickly ruled out as a suspect.

"We are still mourning the loss of longtime Jennie-O family members Jim and Denise, but our entire team is celebrating with the community, and the world, that Jayme has been found", Lykken said.

"I don't understand it yet myself", Fitzgerald said.

"She said no, I did not know him before he came to the house", Kasinskas said, recounting Jayme's words.

"Lo and behold, she's home", Tremblay said.

Patterson has no criminal history in Wisconsin but his brother has had multiple run-ins with the law, including convictions for marijuana possession, bail jumping and sexual assault, online court records show. It was not immediately known whether the unemployed Patterson had an attorney.

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview on Saturday that the only thing the family knows for sure is that no one knew Patterson.

Officials reported Jayme missing on October 15 when deputies discovered the bodies of her parents in their Wisconsin home. The sheriff said investigators believe Patterson killed them in order to abduct the girl.

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Sheriff Fitzgerald stated that Patterson had shaved his head to avoid leaving any trace evidence at the scene at the Closs residence. A shotgun was recovered from the home where Jayme was believed held, according to Fitzgerald.

Nutter said, "This is Jayme Closs!".

Northwood Superintendent Jean Serum called Patterson a "quiet, good student who had wonderful friends and a supportive class", but said she had no real memories of him.

Police always said they believed Jayme was still alive.

'We did get a tip on a sibling that has some criminal record. I don't know where I am.

The woman who first spotted Jayme on Thursday, Jeanne Nutter, said she was walking her dog along a rural road when a girl called out to her, grabbed her and revealed her name. I didn't even know he lived on this street.

"I have no clue who they are", she said.

Nutter took her to the home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

The few neighbours who know Patterson's family say he grew up in a cabin in a remote development that's a mix of seasonal and year-round homes about 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside Gordon proper.

The town's mayor Ron Fladten said the news was a "great result" and that he had been "praying daily" for the safe return of Jayme. "God has answered those prayers".

Kristin Kasinskas said Jayme didn't know where she was after her escape and had never heard of the town of Gordon, home to about 644 people in a heavily forested region where logging in the top industry.

She was rescued nine months later with the help of two witnesses who recognized her abductors from an America's Most Wanted episode.

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