Closs' escape from captor provides hope for other families

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Jake Thomas Patterson, of Gordon, Wisconsin, was arrested Thursday on homicide and kidnapping charges.

Smart said in an interview that Closs' story is "why we can never give up hope on any missing child".

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

Jayme will soon be reunited with her family, officials said during a news conference on Friday. He said Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she didn't know him at all.

Authorities have said they don't believe Patterson crossed paths with Jayme's parents there.

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Jayme told Nutter, the woman told the station. [But] he knew what he was doing.

"We knew she was still there".

Roseanna Marie Forcum last was seen in St. Paul in 1998 when she was 15. They did not find Jayme or a suspect or gun, they said at the time.

Jake Thomas Patterson has been jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges.

The news that Jayme was safe set off joy and relief in Barron, which has a population of 3300. The discovery ended an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst.

The first picture of teenager Jayme Closs following her escape from captivity shows her with her aunt and her dog.

"They're probably experiencing a lot of feelings because although they're so overjoyed for the Closs family, there is still that, 'But I'm waiting for my loved one to come home, '" Straub said.

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Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, told the Star Tribune: "It's the news we've been waiting on for three months".

Kasinskas said she taught Patterson science in middle school, but added: "I don't really remember a ton about him".

"Probably one of the more hard issues is going to be finding that new sense of normalcy in her life", said Smart, a 31-year-old mother of three.

In anticipation of the crime, the suspect cut his hair so he wouldn't leave behind physical evidence in Closs' home, Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald said.

"While I don't know how she escaped at this time, we believe that the suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald said.

"I think hope helps you get through the makes it easier", Simmers said. "I also have to concentrate on my own sister, and it hurts that we don't have closure".

Camera IconBarron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. Jayme had been at home when the killing took place, Fitzgerald said.

The update from authorities came a day after they announced that Closs, 13, was found alive following a almost three-month disappearance.

The cabin is in Eau Claire Acres, a development about 10 miles outside the tiny town of Gordon, nestled in the dense evergreen forests of northwestern Wisconsin that are popular with vacationers in the summer and snowmobilers and ATV riders in the winter. Law enforcement barricades blocked the road leading to the property on Saturday.

Both the woman and the neighbour recognised the teen immediately on Thursday due to the enormous public campaign following her disappearance, Fitzgerald said.

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

'We did get a tip on a sibling that has some criminal record. The only link between them is that Jake worked for a single day at the Jennie-O turkey plant where Jayme's parents were employed for 27 years. James Kuffel, the township's lone constable, said he knows nearly everyone in the area but has never encountered the Pattersons.