Sher­iff praises girl, 13, who fled al­leged kid­nap­per after 88 days

The Daily Telegraph - - World news - By Nick Allen

PO­LICE have praised the brav­ery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who was held cap­tive for 88 days, say­ing it was her will that broke the case.

Pho­to­graphs also emerged of the ru­ral house in Wis­con­sin, US, where she was held pris­oner.

Her al­leged kid­nap­per, Jake Pat­ter­son, 21, was ex­pected to be charged to­day. He is al­leged to have bro­ken into her home in Bar­ron, Wis­con­sin, be­fore mur­der­ing Denise and James Closs, her par­ents, and ab­duct­ing her.

She es­caped last week and was found, skinny and di­shev­elled, about 60 miles away. Sher­iff Chris Fitzger­ald, who led the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, said: “The will of a 13-year-old girl is what broke this case. We’ve ac­tu­ally been able to bring her home to Bar­ron County. That’s been the goal of mine for 88 days.”

He said the 911 call made at the time of the mur­der and kid­nap­ping was 48 sec­onds long.

“You can’t hear words. You hear yelling or maybe a scream,” he said. “The time from the 911 call un­til our deputies ar­rive is less than four min­utes. We think this was well planned.”

He said Pat­ter­son had fired a shot­gun through the fam­ily’s front door to get in and had “tar­geted” Jayme for kid­nap­ping. He left no fin­ger­prints at the scene.

The sher­iff told CBS’S 48 Hours crime pro­gramme: “He pre­pared him­self to try to beat the foren­sics. Things like he cut his hair all off so that he wouldn’t leave trace ev­i­dence. We be­lieve the first time they met was the night of the in­ci­dent.”

An ae­rial view of the cabin where 13-year-old Jayme Closs was al­legedly held by Jake Pat­ter­son

Jayme is re­united with her aunt, Jen­nifer Naiberg Smith

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