Fam­ily: Wis. girl in ‘good spir­its’

Chicago Sun-Times - - NATION/WORLD -

The grand­fa­ther of a 13-year-old north­west­ern Wis­con­sin girl who au­thor­i­ties say es­caped a man who killed her par­ents and held her cap­tive for three months said Sun­day she’s in “ex­cep­tion­ally good spir­its.” Jayme Closs on Thurs­day fled the cabin near the small town of Gor­don where she said she had been im­pris­oned. She ap­proached a woman walk­ing a dog and asked for her help. Po­lice of­fi­cers ar­rested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Pat­ter­son min­utes later. Jayme’s grand­fa­ther, Robert Naiberg, said Sun­day that, con­sid­er­ing the cir­cum­stances, the teen is hold­ing up. “She’s do­ing ex­cep­tion­ally well for what she went through,” Naiberg told The As­so­ci­ated Press by phone. “She’s in ex­cep­tion­ally good spir­its.” On Sun­day, area church­go­ers said their prayers were an­swered by Jayme’s safe re­turn. “We are over­joyed and we couldn’t be hap­pier. It’s a mir­a­cle and it’s won­der­ful,” Mary Haas told the Min­neapo­lis Star Tri­bune. “We prayed and prayed and prayed.” Jayme has been stay­ing with an aunt in Bar­ron since she es­caped.

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