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Weekend ReadsJayme Closs' parents killed because they were 'barrier' to her kidnapping, sheriff says

02:30  13 january  2019
02:30  13 january  2019 Source:   cnn.com

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After her parents were brutally murdered and she was kidnapped for 88 days, 13 year old Jayme Closs escaped. Patterson's goal was kidnapping Jayme — not killing her parents , police said . Jayme Closs poses with her aunt, Jennifer Smith, and her dog, with whom she was reunited Friday.

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Jayme Closs' parents killed because they were 'barrier' to her kidnapping, sheriff says© Barron County Sheriff/CNN Jayme Closs and suspect Jake Thomas Patterson

Investigators believe the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs killed her parents to clear the way for him to abduct her, a sheriff said Saturday.

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Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of shooting and killing Jayme's parents before abducting the 13-year-old at her northwestern Wisconsin home on October 15. That led to an intense search that ended Thursday when the she was found alive -- and Patterson was arrested -- about 70 miles from her home.

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Fitzgerald said investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme 's parents because he wanted to abduct her, and that A woman said she was walking her dog along a rural road Thursday afternoon when a disheveled teenage girl called out to her for help, quickly grabbed her and told her she was lost.

Fitzgerald said investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme ’s parents because he wanted to abduct her, and that A woman said she was walking her dog along a rural road Thursday afternoon when a disheveled teenage girl called out to her for help, quickly grabbed her and told her she was lost.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has said he believes Patterson went to the Closs home outside Barron with the intention of taking Jayme.

"We believe Jayme was the target, and he (Patterson) was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her," Fitzgerald told CNN's Jean Casarez on Saturday.

What's unclear, however, is how and why Patterson -- from the remote community of Gordon two counties from Barron -- allegedly chose Jayme for kidnapping.

The sheriff calls it "a very well-planned out attack." As an example, Fitzgerald has said Patterson shaved his head to avoid leaving any hair as evidence during the assault.

But the sheriff has also said there's no evidence that Patterson knew the Closses or had previous contact with them.

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“ Jayme is the hero in this case, there is no question about it,” Fitzgerald said . “At this time nothing in this case shows the suspect knew anyone at the Closs home or at any time had contact with anyone in the Closs family,” the sheriff said , adding that he worked for the same turkey plant as her parents

Jayme Closs , 13, escaped from a cabin where she had been held for almost three months in the small town of Gordon, about an hour from her family’s home. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators believed Patterson, who lives in Gordon, killed Jayme ’s parents because he wanted to

"There doesn't seem to be any connection between Mr. Patterson and the Closs family at all," including by social media, Fitzgerald said Saturday.

Nearly three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked -- the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron -- the company's president said. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, according to the company.

Authorities have said they don't believe Patterson crossed paths with Jayme's parents there. Investigators are trying to determine whether he worked at another job in the area.

A mysterious call and the search

Police found James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, shot dead in their home three months ago. Jayme was nowhere to be found.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on October 15, 911 dispatchers got a call on which they could hear a lot of yelling, but no one talked to the dispatcher. When the dispatcher called back, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs, the dispatch log reads.

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Fitzgerald says investigators believe he killed Jayme 's parents because he wanted to kidnap her. She was rescued nine months later. Jayme Closs disappeared in October after her parents were killed Kristin Kasinskas says she took 13-year-old Jayme Closs into her home after the girl and a

Fitzgerald said Closs has been medically cleared and is currently being interviewed by investigators before being reunited with her family. While authorities provided few details as the investigation continues, Fitzgerald said investigators believe Closs was Patterson's target and that he killed her

Police arrived to find the door kicked in, Jayme missing and her parents dead.

For months, thousands of people joined search parties as investigators received thousands of tips. The FBI offered a cash reward for information on her whereabouts, and authorities urged hunters in the area to be on the lookout for clues.

Three months later, a miraculous escape

Jayme, who'd been missing for 87 days, was found Thursday outside the rural community of Gordon, where Fitzgerald said Patterson was holding her against her will in his home.

Jeanne Nutter, who has a cabin in the Gordon area, was walking her dog on an isolated road around 4 p.m. when she saw Jayme out in the cold around dusk. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help," Jayme told Nutter, the woman told CNN affiliate WCCO.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me,'" Kasinskas told CNN's Poppy Harlow. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household. She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that."

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A woman said she was walking her dog along a rural road Thursday afternoon when a disheveled teenage girl called out to her for help, quickly grabbed her and told her she was lost. Jayme was nowhere to be found. The Barron County Sheriff 's Department said the girl had likely been abducted.

The man arrested in the Jayme Closs case was identified Friday as Jake Thomas Patterson by authorities and neighbors who lived in the same Gordon is about 40 miles south of Lake Superior and about 65 miles north of Barron, Closs ’ hometown and where her parents were killed in October.

They called 911, and Jayme provided a description of Patterson's vehicle. Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested.

"While I don't know how she escaped at this time, we believe that the suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him," Fitzgerald said Friday.

Patterson was not at home when Jayme escaped, the sheriff added.

Patterson was being held Saturday in Barron County's jail on preliminary charges of intentional homicide and kidnapping. He is due to have an initial court appearance on Monday.

Reunion and recovery

Jayme was taken to a hospital in Minnesota after she was found, her aunt, Sue Allard, said.

She was released from the hospital Friday and reunited with relatives in Barron, Wisconsin, and with her dog, Molly.

Jayme "had a pretty good night sleep," her aunt Jennifer Smith posted Saturday to Facebook.

"It was great to know she was next to me all night," and "what a great feeling to have her home," Smith's post reads.

What investigators are looking for now

Investigators believe Patterson acted alone, but they have many questions about how Patterson allegedly kept Jayme there, Fitzgerald said Saturday.

Jayme Closs' parents killed because they were 'barrier' to her kidnapping, sheriff says© Barron County SheriffJayme Closs' parents killed because they were 'barrier' to her kidnapping, sheriff says© WCCO

Patterson was unemployed, and though he lived at the remote Gordon home, he didn't own it, Fitzgerald said. The sheriff added that he didn't know who owned the property.

Latest: Kidnapping suspect discharged early from US Marines

Latest: Kidnapping suspect discharged early from US Marines BARRON, Wis. - The Latest on the case of a kidnapped Wisconsin girl whose parents were fatally shot and the man accused of committing the crimes (all times local): 2 p.m. A Wisconsin man suspected of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs washed out of the U.S. Marine Corps after little more than a month. Jake Thomas Patterson wrote in his high school yearbook that he planned to join the Marines after graduation. But military records show he lasted for only about five weeks before being prematurely discharged in October 2015 at the rank of private.

He said investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme 's parents because he wanted to abduct her, and that Patterson "planned his Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators believe the Jayme Closs was "the only target". The woman who first spotted Jayme , Jeanne Nutter, said she

Fitzgerald said investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme Closs ’s parents because he wanted to abduct her. Closs vanished Oct. 15 after her parents were fatally shot at their home about 60 miles to the south in Douglas County. Her grandfather said he received a call late Thursday informing him

A document found through a deed search on Douglas County's website shows a mortgage for the property, held by a different person with Patterson's last name, was paid off. CNN's attempts to reach that person for comment weren't immediately successful.

The sheriff also said Friday that it appeared Patterson "concealed her from other people ... his friends." The sheriff hasn't elaborated.

Fitzgerald said Saturday that investigators will try to determine, among other things, how Jayme escaped and the conditions in which she was held.

"We're looking for receipts, and where the suspect may have been (besides the Gordon home) over the last 88 days," Fitzgerald said. "Did she go with him to the store? Did he buy clothes for her? Did he buy food?"

Jayme Closs' parents killed because they were 'barrier' to her kidnapping, sheriff says© Family of Jayme Closs Jayme Closs, with her dog, Molly, and an aunt

Fitzgerald has called Jayme a hero.

"Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough," he told CNN's "Anderson Cooper Full Circle" Friday, "We can't be more proud of Jayme."

CNN's Faith Karimi, Steve Almasy, Sheena Jones and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.

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