Family: Wis. girl in ‘good spirits’
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.