Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect Jake Thomas Patterson concealed his identity, police say

Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect Jake Thomas Patterson concealed his identity, police say

Jayme Closs kidnapping suspect Jake Thomas Patterson concealed his identity, police say

Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was kidnapped nearly three months ago from her Wisconsin home and was located alive Thursday evening, according to the Barron County Sheriff's Office.

At the press conference, Baron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald alleged the suspect planned the crime and that "Jayme was the only target", and that Patterson allegedly went to the home for the objective of kidnapping Jayme and had no prior contact with the parents.

She says the parents later moved away but Patterson and his brother continued to use the home.

A Wisconsin couple is describing the dramatic moments when a neighbor pounded on their door to say she had stumbled across Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who had been missing almost three months.

The sheriff said investigators believe the girl was "the only target".

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in November that he kept similar cases in the back of his mind as he worked to find Jayme, including the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, who was 14 when she was taken from her Salt Lake City home in 2002.

Though authorities didn't immediately release more details, a woman told the Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis that Jayme approached her for help Thursday afternoon while the woman was walking her dog. The decorations spelled out her name in big, glittery letters, and they included green bulbs and ribbons.

But Kasinskas said Jayme told her she had been held in the Gordon area - near Kasinskas' home - by someone who killed her parents on the night she disappeared.

"I was at the right place at the right time", she said. "She just yelled, 'Please help me!"

A suspect was taken into custody shortly after Jayme was found, authorities said. He said she was silent until authorities arrived 15 minutes afterward. The woman took her to a nearby home owned by Peter Kasinskas.

"I honestly still think I'm dreaming right now".

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The dogwalker accompanied Jayme to her neighbor's home, belonging to Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, where they dialed 911 for help.

Kristin and Peter Kasinskas say their neighbor had a skinny, dirty girl with matted hair standing next to her.

She added she does not really know Patterson even though he lives three doors down from her.

Jayme vanished October 15, the day her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found fatally shot in their home near Barron, a town of 3,300 people in northwestern Wisconsin. Jayme was nowhere to be found.

"It was only a few months ago that we as a community gathered to pray for Jayme's safe return at Barron High School", Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright said at a news conference. Some tips led officials to recruit 2,000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23, but it yielded no clues.

Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, told WCCO of a rollercoaster day Thursday - the family earlier in the day had heard rumors, which authorities knocked down, that the teen might have been found in a different part of the state.

Jayme was reportedly wearing shoes too large for her feet, and refused offers of food or water.

Naiberg says Jayme reported that she'd been held by "a guy in the woods" but was able to escape. She says she and her husband once caught them siphoning gas.

"Praise the Lord", Allard said between sobs.

Elizabeth Smart says it is a "miracle" that a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing for almost three months has been found safe. "Best night. Just happy with lots of emotions and tears tonight but so happy and I can't wait to hug that little girl".

"And I just shut myself totally down".

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