Girl captive a ‘hero’
21yo man charged with murder of teen’s parents
A 13-YEAR-OLD girl held captive for three months by a 21year-old man charged with murdering her parents should be treated as a hero, the local sheriff says.
Jayme Closs’ escape from the rural house in Wisconsin helped break the case, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.
Jayme was skinny, dishevelled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for help on Thursday in the isolated town of Gordon, about 100km north of her hometown of Barron.
“She just yelled, ‘Please help me, I don’t know where I am, I’m lost’,” Jeanne Nutter, who had been walking her dog, said.
“I was terrified, but I didn’t want to show her that.”
Ms Nutter took her to the nearby home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas.
Jayme told the couple she had been held captive in a cabin and didn’t know where she was or anything about Gordon.
“She said that this person’s name was Jake Patterson, ‘he killed my parents and took me’,” Ms Kasinskas said.
“She did not talk about why or how. She said she did not know him.”
Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement officers had been searching around the clock for Jayme after her parents were found shot dead in their home, the front door open and the girl gone. Both the woman and the neighbour recognised the teen immediately on Thursday due to the enormous public campaign following her disappearance, Mr Fitzgerald said.
Less than 15 minutes later, Jake Patterson, 21, was in custody after police pulled over his vehicle, based on Closs’ description.
“Jayme is the hero in this case. She’s the one who helped us break this case,” Mr Fitzgerald said.
“The suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him,” Mr Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding police were not seeking any other suspects in the case at this time.
Mr Patterson, an unemployed resident of Gordon, was charged on Friday with kidnapping and with murdering James and Denise Closs with a shotgun.
Their bodies were discovered on October 15.
More than 200 law enforcement officials were on the ground day and night following Closs’ disappearance, sifting through thousands of tips but finding little to go on.
The search stretched across cornfields and wooded areas and drew 1500 volunteers.
Case over: Jayme Closs and Jake Thomas Patterson.