Kid­napped US teen found alive months after par­ents’ mur­der

Muscat Daily - - WORLD -

Gor­don, US - A 21 year old man has been charged with mur­der­ing the par­ents of an Amer­i­can teen as part of a cal­cu­lated plot to kid­nap her, po­lice said on Fri­day, after 13 year old Jayme Closs was found alive fol­low­ing three months in cap­tiv­ity.

The sub­ject of a na­tion­wide search since her par­ents were found mur­dered in their home in ru­ral Wis­con­sin in Oc­to­ber, Closs made a seem­ingly mirac­u­lous es­cape on Thurs­day af­ter­noon, seeking help from a neigh­bour who alerted au­thor­i­ties.

Min­utes later, po­lice ar­rested the man she iden­ti­fied as her cap­tor, Jake Thomas Pat­ter­son, and have charged him with ab­duct­ing Closs and fa­tally shoot­ing her par­ents.

“Jayme was taken against her will and es­caped from the res­i­dence in which she was be­ing held and found help,” Bar­ron County Sher­iff Chris Fitzger­ald said.

The teen is said to be in good health and is to be re­united with her ex­tended fam­ily. “She is do­ing as well as cir­cum­stances will al­low,” Fitzger­ald said.

Pat­ter­son, who had no pre­vi­ous crim­i­nal record in Wis­con­sin, is ac­cused of care­fully plan­ning his at­tack - specif­i­cally tar­get­ing the young teen for rea­sons that re­mained un­clear.

He is to ap­pear in court on Mon­day.

Closs was be­ing held in a ru­ral home ap­prox­i­mately 120km north of her home in Bar­ron, Wis­con­sin.

She es­caped and ran to a va­ca­tion cabin where Jeanne Nut­ter was just returning from walk­ing her dog at around 4:30pm on Thurs­day.

“She said she was lost, she didn’t know where she was,” Nut­ter said.

”I didn’t know the sit­u­a­tion un­til she got near me, and then she told me her name, and I knew who she was be­cause I’d seen her picture ev­ery­where.”

The 66 year old took the teen to a neigh­bour’s home, where they called po­lice.

(AFP)

Jayme Closs (right)

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