connectVideo21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson faces murder, kidnapping charges after recovery of the missing teenager Jayme Closs
Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs, missing for almost three months after the murder of her parents, was found in live about 65 miles north of her place of residence; Matt Finn reports of Gordon, Wisconsin.
GORDON, Wisconsin – The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and the killing of her parents in October had “absolutely” no contact with the family for the brutal slaughter, her aunt, told Fox News, authorities continue to investigate the cabin, where the teenager was held for months.
The authorities in the north of Wisconsin removed the barricade blocking the house in the countryside of Gordon on Sunday morning, where authorities say brave 13-year-old Jayme Closs captivity escaped last Thursday.
Investigators had closed off the whole neighborhood for days, as they carefully gathered evidence at the home of Jayme suspected captor, 21 years old, Jake Thomas Patterson. So far, police have not given any details about what kind of conditions the house could contain.
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Police also made no comment on what kind of physical or mental abuse Jayme would have suffered while in captivity. Jayme’s aunt, Kelly Engelhardt, told Fox News the family is “not to ask Jayme questions now.
This aerial photo shows the cabin, where the 13-year-old Jayme Closs was held by Jake Thomas Patterson, surrounded by law enforcement vehicles, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019 in the city of Gordon, Wis.
(Aaron Lavinsky/the Star Tribune via AP)
Patterson is being held on murder and kidnapping charges and is scheduled to appear in court Monday. The police said that they recovered a shotgun that is in compliance with the gun that is used on Oct. 15 to blast through the front door of the Closs house and the murder of the 56-year-old James and the 46-year-old Denise Closs.
As the horrific case remains news of her aunt insists that her niece and the Closs family did not know Patterson.
“We know the truth, and they had nothing to do with it,” Engelhardt told Fox News. “The police found it on Thursday, when they told us who he was.”
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Engelhardt added there was “absolutely” no contact between everyone in the Closs family and the murderer. The Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, a back-up of the family’s claim that until now there is no traceable communication between Patterson and the Closses. But, Fitzgerald said that Patterson has some sort of connection with the Barron—where he allegedly carried out his crime.
Jake Thomas Patterson allegedly murdered Jayme Closs the parents and kidnapped her.
The perplexing case raises a lot of creepy questions—including how long Patterson would be stalking Jayme and her family during the crafting of his plan from afar.
“The defendant had specific intentions of kidnapping, Jayme and went to the extreme to prepare to take her,” Fitzgerald said at a press conference. The Sheriff said Patterson even shaved his head to change his appearance and to avoid leaving behind traceable to her on the scene.
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After her escape, Jayme was interviewed by the government, given medical treatment and then be cleared to be reunited with her family. The Closses have since released several photos that show the young, red-haired teenager laughing with her family and their dogs.
“People can’t believe they are laughing,” Engelhardt told Fox News. “But what do you think. She’s alive and she is with her favorite person besides her parents, and that is her aunt.”
This Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 picture shows Jayme Closs, right, with her aunt, Jennifer Smith, in Barron, Wis.
Jayme’s aunt, Jennifer Naiberg Smith, posted on Facebook that “Jayme had a pretty good night sleep, it was great to know she was next to me the whole night what a great feeling to be at home…It will be a long road, but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!!”
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On Thursday, the police says that the Jayme successfully a run-for-while Patterson was not at home. The cabin-like house that Jayme escapes is about 70 km north of Jayme to be the birthplace of Barron. The city of Gordon is largely a wooded area for trips and is very remote, with dense forests, there is minimal foot traffic, and lighting—a remote place where a person can easily be stored.
“We know the truth, and they had nothing to do. The police found it on Thursday, when they told us who he was.”
— Kelly Engelhardt, Jayme Closs’ aunt
Engelhardt told Fox News they are “not surprised,” Jayme escapes.
“Her mother was a angel but her father was heavy. She got that from him,” Engelhardt said.
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After Jayme escaped Patterson’s house, they approached Jeanne Nutter, who happened to walk in the neighbourhood with her dog, according to the police. Nutter, a former child protective worker, immediately ran to Jayme in the house of a neighbor for safety.
“When I saw her I thought, oh that’s what she did run away, did someone just dump her out here? Because they don’t have a coat or gloves,” Nutter said. “She told me who she was, and that, when I said that this child needs to be somewhere safe and that you her now.”
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Neighbors said Jayme wore an oversized top and shoes that were too big for her, stating they could have picked up everything within reach to keep warm as she gathered the courage to escape the house where she was held.
Jayme identified Patterson to the neighbors and described how his car looked. In a matter of about ten minutes, police said they spotted Patterson driving around looking for Jayme and took him into custody.
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Engelhardt told Fox News the family is “seeking more answers” and moving forward they will not at any legal proceedings for Patterson. “Now it’s about getting him the harshest punishment possible,” she said.
The family is not sure when Jayme may return to a normal routine or go back to school.
“They will decide. She is a strong boy,” Engelhardt said.
The whole Barron region powerful held services and rallies behind Jayme’s safe return. The theme for Jayme of the campaign was lime green. The light color can be seen on the Barron community, online, and now is used to celebrate the teenager’s back. The city of Minneapolis even lit one of the bridges in the centre of the green color in honor of Jayme, law enforcement and all those who supported her.
The I-35W St. Anthony Falls bridge in Minneapolis was lit to honor Jayme Closs.
The Superintendent of the Barron Area School District, Diane Trembley, spoke to the community after Jayme’s back.
“Will our district be holding a party or ceremony in the community of any kind? All I can say at this time, you better believe it,” she said. “Jayme, we missed you and we are so grateful that you’re home.”