Wisconsin man arrested in teen’s abduction, parents’ deaths

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BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a baffling scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the lady captive for 3 months earlier than she narrowly managed to flee and attain security as he drove round searching for her, authorities mentioned.

Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, raveled and carrying sneakers too massive for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for assist Thursday close to the small, remoted north woods city of Gordon, the place police mentioned she was being held by Jake Thomas Patterson.

Inside minutes, Patterson was pulled over and jailed on kidnapping and murder prices for what authorities mentioned was his meticulously deliberate shotgun assault on the lady’s dwelling in October.

The information that Jayme was protected set off pleasure and aid 60 miles (96 kilometers) away in her hometown of Barron, inhabitants 3,300, ending an all-out search that gripped the state, with many individuals fearing the worst the longer she was lacking.

“My legs began to shake. It was superior. The stress, the aid — it was superior,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald mentioned, describing the second he realized Jayme had been discovered.

Jayme informed one of many neighbors in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin the place she had been held captive.

“She mentioned that this individual’s identify was Jake Patterson, ‘he killed my dad and mom and took me,'” mentioned one other neighbor, Kristin Kasinskas. “She didn’t speak about why or how. She mentioned she didn’t know him.”

The sheriff mentioned investigators are attempting to determine what occurred to Jayme throughout her captivity and why she was seized, and gave no particulars on how she escaped besides to say Patterson was not dwelling on the time. He mentioned there is no such thing as a proof Patterson knew Jayme or her household or had been involved together with her on social media.

“I do know all of you might be looking for the reply why any of this occurred,” Fitzgerald mentioned. “Consider me, so are we.”

The sheriff mentioned that he didn’t know if Jayme had been bodily abused however that she was hospitalized in a single day for remark and launched. Investigators had been nonetheless interviewing her, and she or he was “doing in addition to circumstances permit,” he mentioned.

Kasinskas referred to as 911 to report the lady had been discovered after one other neighbor out strolling her canine encountered Jayme and introduced her to Kasinskas’ home. Patterson was apparently out searching for her when he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy based mostly on an outline of his automobile from Jayme, authorities mentioned.

He was scheduled for an preliminary court docket look Monday. It was not instantly identified whether or not the unemployed Patterson had an legal professional.

Jayme’s grandfather, Robert Naiberg, mentioned he had been praying for months for the decision he obtained about his granddaughter.

“I assumed, ‘Good for her she escaped,'” he mentioned.

Jayme disappeared from her dwelling close to Barron after somebody blasted his approach in and shot her dad and mom, James and Denise Closs, on Oct. 15. The sheriff mentioned investigators consider Patterson killed them as a way to abduct the lady.

Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to keep away from leaving proof on the scene, the sheriff mentioned. A shotgun much like the one used was recovered from the house the place Jayme was believed held, in accordance with Fitzgerald.

Property information present that the cabin belonged to Patterson’s father on the time of Jayme’s disappearance.

Patterson labored for sooner or later in 2016 on the identical Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Jayme’s dad and mom, Jennie-O Turkey Retailer President Steve Lykken mentioned. Patterson give up, saying he was shifting from the realm, Lykken mentioned. However the sheriff mentioned it didn’t seem Patterson interacted with the couple throughout his temporary time there.

He had no prison document, in accordance with the sheriff. He graduated in 2015 from Northwood Excessive College, the place he was on the quiz bowl crew and was a superb scholar with a “nice group of mates,” mentioned District Superintendent Jean Serum.

Kasinskas mentioned she taught Patterson science in center college, however added: “I do not actually bear in mind a ton about him.”

“He appeared like a quiet child,” she mentioned. “I do not recall something that might have defined this, by any means.”

The girl who first noticed Jayme on Thursday, Jeanne Nutter, mentioned she was strolling her canine alongside a rural street when a lady referred to as out to her, grabbed her and revealed her identify.

“She simply yelled, ‘Please assist me! I do not know the place I’m! I am misplaced!'” Nutter, a social employee who spent years working in baby safety, informed The Related Press.

Nutter took her to the house of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas. Jayme was quiet, her feelings “fairly flat,” Peter Kasinskas mentioned. From what she informed them, they believed she was in Gordon, a logging city of about 650 folks, for more often than not she was lacking.

Over the previous few months, detectives pursued hundreds of suggestions, watched dozens of surveillance movies and carried out quite a few searches for Jayme, together with one which drew 2,000 volunteers however yielded no clues.

“It was only some months in the past that we as a neighborhood gathered to hope for Jayme’s protected return at Barron Excessive College,” Barron County District Lawyer Brian Wright mentioned Friday. “God has answered these prayers.”

In November, the sheriff mentioned he saved related instances at the back of his thoughts as he labored to search out Jayme, together with the kidnapping of Elizabeth Sensible, who was 14 when she was taken from her Salt Lake Metropolis dwelling in 2002. Sensible was rescued 9 months later after witnesses acknowledged her abductors on an “America’s Most Needed” episode.

Sensible mentioned in a phone interview that Jayme’s story is “why we will by no means quit hope on any lacking baby.”

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Related Press writers Todd Richmond and Scott Bauer in Madison, Wisconsin, Brady McCombs in Salt Lake Metropolis and Amy Forliti in Gordon additionally contributed to this report together with AP information researcher Rhonda Shafner in New York.

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