Fam­ily: Wis­con­sin teen in ‘good spir­its’ post-kid­nap, es­cape

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette - - National -

BAR­RON, Wis. — 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 21year-old Jake Thomas Pat­ter­son min­utes later based on Jayme’s de­scrip­tion of his ve­hi­cle. Au­thor­i­ties are hold­ing him on sus­pi­cion of kid­nap­ping and homi­cide.

Lit­tle has been re­vealed about Jayme’s or­deal since her ab­duc­tion in mid-Oc­to­ber, al­though more de­tails could come Mon­day when Mr. Pat­ter­son is ex­pected to be charged.

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,” Mr. Naiberg told The As­so­ci­ated Press by phone. “She’s in ex­cep­tion­ally good spir­its.”

An in­truder blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs’ home near Bar­ron with a shot­gun Oct. 15, gunned the cou­ple down and made off with Jayme.

While in­ves­ti­ga­tors have said Mr. Pat­ter­son’s goal was to kid­nap Jayme, he has no ap­par­ent prior con­nec­tion to the fam­ily. Mr. Naiberg told the AP on Satur­day that Jayme told FBI agents she did not know Mr. Pat­ter­son.

Pat­ter­son at­tor­neys Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said in a state­ment that they con­sider the sit­u­a­tion “very tragic” and that they are re­ly­ing on the court sys­tem to treat their client fairly.

Bar­ron County Sher­iff Chris Fitzger­ald told re­porters on Fri­day that Mr. Pat­ter­son took mea­sures to avoid leav­ing ev­i­dence at the Closs home, in­clud­ing shav­ing his head be­fore break­ing in. A shot­gun was re­cov­ered from the cabin, which Mr. Pat­ter­son’s fa­ther owned.

An un­dated photo of Jayme Closs

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