Fam­ily: Teen in ‘good spir­its’ af­ter es­cape from kid­nap­per

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BAR­RON | 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 Jake Thomas Pat­ter­son, 21, min­utes later based on Jayme’s de­scrip­tion of his ve­hi­cle. Au­thor­i­ties are hold­ing Mr. Pat­ter­son 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 and make his first ap­pear­ance in court.

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.

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