Kid­nap­ping mys­tery un­rav­els

Boston Herald - - NEWS -

MADI­SON, Wis. — The grand­fa­ther of a north­west­ern Wis­con­sin girl who au­thor­i­ties say was ab­ducted dur­ing a home in­va­sion in which her par­ents were killed said Satur­day that the fam­ily has no con­nec­tion to the sus­pect and doesn’t un­der­stand why he tar­geted her, deep­en­ing a mys­tery that has cap­ti­vated the state for months. Some­one blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs’ home near Bar­ron with a shot­gun in Oc­to­ber, gunned the cou­ple down and made off with their 13year-old daugh­ter, Jayme Closs. Jayme had been miss­ing for nearly three months Thurs­day when she ap­proached a stranger near the small, iso­lated north woods town of Gor­don and pleaded for help. Of­fi­cers ar­rested 21-year-old Jake T. Pat­ter­son min­utes later based on Jayme’s de­scrip­tion of his ve­hi­cle. He was jailed on sus­pi­cion of kid­nap­ping and homi­cide. In­ves­ti­ga­tors have said Pat­ter­son’s goal was to kid­nap Jayme, but he ap­pears to have no con­nec­tion to the fam­ily. “He didn’t know Jayme, he didn’t know Denise or Jim,” Jayme’s grand­fa­ther Robert Naiberg said. “(Jayme) don’t know him from Adam. (But) he knew what he was do­ing. We don’t know if he was stalk­ing her or what. Did he see her some­where?” Jayme’s aunt, Jen­nifer Smith, posted on Face­book Satur­day that Jayme was do­ing well. “Jayme had a pretty good night sleep it was great to know she was next to me all night what a great feel­ing to have her home. As a fam­ily we will get through all of the heal­ing process Jayme has. It will be a long road but we are fam­ily strong and we love this lit­tle girl so much!!” An­other aunt, Sue Naiberg Al­lard, posted that Jayme got “the most awaited hug ever” when she re­turned home. Jayme told one of the neigh­bors in Gor­don who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held cap­tive. “She said that this per­son’s name was Jake Pat­ter­son, ‘he killed my par­ents and took me,’” said an­other neigh­bor, Kristin Kasin­skas. “She did not talk about why or how. She said she did not know him.” Bar­ron County Sher­iff Chris Fitzger­ald said in­ves­ti­ga­tors are try­ing to fig­ure out what hap­pened to Jayme dur­ing her cap­tiv­ity and why she was seized, and gave no de­tails on how she es­caped ex­cept to say Pat­ter­son was not home at the time. He said there is no ev­i­dence Pat­ter­son knew Jayme or her fam­ily or had been in con­tact with her on so­cial me­dia. “I know all of you are search­ing for the an­swer why any of this hap­pened,” Fitzger­ald said. “Be­lieve me, so are we.” Pat­ter­son, who was un­em­ployed, re­mained largely an enigma Satur­day.

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