Community invited to write Jayme Closs letters

Evarado Alatorre
Enero 14, 2019

As Jayme Closs starts her road to recovery following her kidnapping, investigators are trying to piece together what happened during the almost three months she was in captivity.

Neighbor Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Patterson's parents moved to Gordon about 15 years ago.

Nutter said, "This is Jayme Closs!" Fitzgerald hasn't said whether Jayme was sexually assaulted but said Saturday that investigators believe Jake Patterson acted alone.

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

Less than 15 minutes later, Jake Patterson, 21, was in custody after police pulled over his vehicle, based on Closs' description.

"Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough", Fitzgerald said.

The 13-year-old's parents-Denise Closs, 46, and James Closs, 56-were found murdered in their Wisconsin home on October 15.

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

"It was great to know she was next to me all night", Jennifer Smith posted on Facebook on Saturday.

Elizabeth Smart says she has followed the case since Closs disappeared in October.

Her family have vowed to make her feel safe again and acknowledge her recovery will take time.

They described the 13-year-old as the suspect's "only target" and said Jayme was "taken against her will".

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.

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The terrified teenager was found by dog walker and social worker Jeanne Nutter, who said the girl begged for help and revealed her name.

Jayme was found Thursday outside the rural community of Gordon, where Patterson was holding her against her will in his home, authorities said.

She wrote in part - "It was great to know she was next to me all night, what a great feeling to have her home".

Closs' grandfather Robert Naiberg said on Saturday that the only thing the family knows for sure is no one knew Patterson. "We can't be more proud of Jayme".

Patterson, who was unemployed, has no criminal record, the Barron county sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.

During the intense, nationwide investigation for Jayme, officials from the FBI, state patrol and local law enforcement received thousands of tips.

Closs was missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in the small, isolated town of Gordon and pleaded for help. "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam".

Patterson is scheduled to go to court Monday where he is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. That woman brought Jayme to the home of neighbors Peter and Kristin Kasinskas.

When deputies arrested him, he was out looking for Jayme, Fitzgerald said. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

She was due to be reunited with her extended family later on Friday.

The Kasinskas said Jayme's emotions were "pretty flat" while they waited for the police and she refused offers of food and water.

"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

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