Ar­rest made in child ab­duc­tion, deaths


WIS. — A 21-year-old man shot a Wis­con­sin cou­ple to death at their home in a scheme to kid­nap their teenage daugh­ter, then held the girl cap­tive for three months in an iso­lated north woods town be­fore she man­aged to es­cape, au­thor­i­ties said Fri­day.

Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, di­sheveled and wear­ing shoes too big for her when she ap­proached a stranger and pleaded for help Thurs­day in the small town of Gor­don, where Jake Thomas Pat­ter­son lives. Pat­ter­son was quickly ar­rested and jailed on kid­nap­ping and homi­cide charges.

The news that Jayme was safe set off joy and re­lief 60 miles away in her home­town of Bar­ron, pop­u­la­tion 3,300, end­ing an all-out search that gripped the state, with many peo­ple fear­ing the worst the longer she was miss­ing.

“My legs started to shake. It was awe­some. The stress, the re­lief — it was awe­some,” Bar­ron County Sher­iff Chris Fitzger­ald said, de­scrib­ing the mo­ment when he learned Jayme had been found. 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 one of the neigh­bors, Kristin Kasinskas. “She did not talk about why or how. She said she did not know him.”

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