Grand­fa­ther: Res­cued teen in ‘good spir­its’

Star-Telegram - - Local & Texas -

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 based on Jayme’s de­scrip­tion of his ve­hi­cle. Au­thor­i­ties are hold­ing Pat­ter­son on sus­pi­cion of kid­nap­ping and homi­cide.

Lit­tle has been re­vealed about Jayme’s or­deal since her ab­duc­tion in midOc­to­ber, al­though more de­tails could come Mon­day when Pat­ter­son is ex­pected to be charged and make his first ap­pear­ance in court.

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.”

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

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