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CrimeFor Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’

06:20  13 january  2019
06:20  13 january  2019 Source:   nytimes.com

Update planned next week in case of missing Wisconsin girl

Update planned next week in case of missing Wisconsin girl Authorities in Barron, Wisconsin, are planning to provide an update on their investigation into the apparent abduction of a 13-year-old girl whose parents were killed. Jayme Closs has been missing since her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found fatally shot in their home on Oct. 15. Barron County Sheriff Christ Fitzgerald says next week will mark 90 days since Jayme went missing. He plans to update the media on Jan. 15.

[ For sheriff who led search for Jayme Closs , no sweeter words than “ we got her .”] All over town, shops and homes hung green ribbons bearing the words “Find Jayme Closs .” The local police force of 78 swelled as a corps of 200 federal, state and local officers joined a hunt that went on day

Jake Patterson, who confessed to killing the parents of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and then kidnapping her, made an appearance in court where the judge set bail at million. Related Coverage. For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs , No Sweeter Words Than ‘ We Got Her ’. Jan. 12, 2019.

For Sheriff Who Led Search for Jayme Closs, No Sweeter Words Than ‘We Got Her’© Tim Gruber for The New York Times Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff of Barron County, Wis., was at the helm of a frantic search for a missing girl.

CHICAGO — When Jayme Closs, 13, appeared along a rural Wisconsin road on Thursday, she ended an 88-day search by hundreds of investigators. Chris Fitzgerald, the sheriff of Barron County, Wis. — where Jayme’s parents were found dead in their home on the night that Jayme disappeared — was at the helm of that desperate search, which drew thousands of tips from around the country.

On Saturday, a day after Sheriff Fitzgerald announced that Jayme was safely back, and that a suspect, Jake T. Patterson, 21, was being held on suspicion of murder and kidnapping, many details about what happened remained unknown, even for Sheriff Fitzgerald. Investigators were still trying to learn why Jayme, whose family was not known to have made any previous contact with Mr. Patterson, was targeted and how she was kept out of sight for months.

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The kidnapping of Jayme Closs occurred on October 15, 2018, when Jake Thomas Patterson abducted thirteen-year-old Jayme Lynn Closs from her family's home in Barron, Wisconsin

Jayme Closs escaped a remote house on Thursday, fleeing on foot to be found by a woman who was walking her dog. The 13-year-old was taken into police custody after the woman stopped at a nearby home to call police. She was reunited with her family on Friday after talking to investigators.

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But the sheriff answered questions about the case and how it has affected his small community in western Wisconsin.

Sheriff Fitzgerald, 45, has worked in law enforcement for 21 years. He grew up in Barron County, the son of a part-time sheriff’s deputy, and dreamed, he said, of working in law enforcement since he was 5. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

What has this case meant to Barron County and how has it changed the place?

It’s made people more cautious. It scared a lot of people. Even still today, we have the suspect in custody, but the reason why is still a question out there. People hold their kids a little tighter. I’ve got two kids of my own. You just worry a little bit more when something like this happens. This was a very traumatic and gruesome case.

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Jayme Closs and suspect Jake Thomas Patterson. © Barron County Sheriff /CNN. Investigators believe the man accused of kidnapping What's unclear, however, is how and why Patterson -- from the remote community of Gordon two counties from Barron -- allegedly chose Jayme for kidnapping.

James and Denise Closs , who had worked at the Jennie-O turkey plant for years, were found dead. According to the sheriff , evidence indicated that Jayme was home at the time of the attack, though he would An Amber Alert was issued for Jayme , and in the weeks that have followed, her name has

How does this compare to everything else you’ve seen in your time as sheriff?

We had a tornado that killed somebody. We’ve had a domestic abuse turn violent and had people killed. So we’ve seen some crimes, but never a kidnapping of a kid.

So many people wanted to help bring this kid home. There are so many people smiling this morning. It’s so awesome to think about everybody sitting around having a cup of coffee smiling because she woke up in a safe home for the first time in 88 days today.

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Jayme Closs kidnap suspect allegedly cut his hair to avoid leaving DNA evidence

Jayme Closs kidnap suspect allegedly cut his hair to avoid leaving DNA evidence The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs shaved his head to avoid leaving any evidence during the attack that left her parents dead, police said. Jake Patterson, 21, allegedly shot and killed Jayme's parents. Their bodies were found October 15 after a mysterious 911 call led deputies to their home in Barron, Wisconsin. The 13-year-old was missing when police arrived, leading to an intense manhunt that ended when she was found Thursday about 70 miles from her home.

© barron county sheriff jayme closs viva arresto sospechoso jake thomas patterson digital He faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for killing Closs ' parents and one count of kidnapping A mysterious phone call early on October 15 led authorities to discover that Jayme 's parents -- James

Denise Closs and her husband, James Closs , have been identified as the parents who were shot to death in a violent scene inside the family home in rural Barron, Wisconsin. They accuse him of kidnapping Jayme after randomly seeing her getting on a school bus outside her family’s Barron home.

Knowing now where Jayme was being held — in a town 60 miles north of you — is there anything you would have done differently on the investigation?

I don’t think we could have done anything differently because this was random — and yet well planned out. This was what we believe was a random pick of Jayme by this suspect, and then a well-planned-out execution. I think when we get all the details of what he did and what Jayme experienced, we’ll review this case.

But boy, I can’t see anything right now. I’m not patting myself or our team on the back, but they worked hard day and night. They left their families. They worked weekends. They wanted to do it to bring Jayme home.

Was there an earlier moment in the investigation when you thought the end was here — the case was solved?

There were a lot of days. I was hesitant when we got the call that they had Jayme. Because we’ve had those calls before: “This is definitely Jayme at the Subway in Michigan.” Or, “She’s at the park in Los Angeles.” So even when we got the call that it was Jayme Closs, I said, “No, don’t react yet.” And when my detective was standing in my office and he said, “We got her,” then it was like — wow! Go there. Get there. It’s 60 miles away. Go and get her and never let her go.

You have two kids — a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old. How has this case affected you personally and your family?

A timeline of events in the Jayme Closs disappearance case

A timeline of events in the Jayme Closs disappearance case Notable events in the disappearance and discovery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in the family's home. Authorities say Jayme was found alive after being held captive for three months by a man who is now charged in her kidnapping and her parents' deaths. require(["medianetNativeAdOnArticle"], function (medianetNativeAdOnArticle) { medianetNativeAdOnArticle.getMedianetNativeAds(true); }); ___ Oct. 15, 2018 — James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, are found shot to death in their home in Barron, a town in western Wisconsin.

Jayme Closs had been missing since October after her parents were found fatally shot at their home in Wisconsin. In a Facebook post , Sheriff Fitzgerald thanked the public and other law enforcement agencies for their support as the authorities searched for Jayme for weeks.

The search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been ongoing for nearly a month and a half. There are still no credible leads in the case. The investigative team has been scaled back to about 30 people, including members of the Barron County Sheriff ’s Office

I just think about it all the time. You go to bed and you’re thinking about it. You’re like — did I do everything we could have done today? I talked to many of our detectives about that and they felt the same way. They’d wake up at 2 in the morning and take notes about something — did I miss that word? Is there a text message I’m missing? Is there a phone call? Is there a friend we didn’t interview? This case was like nothing anyone has ever seen around here. Personally this case, it took its toll on me and my family.

We live nine miles from the sheriff’s department but they were always in bed and I was always leaving before the sun came up.

When you thought about what the outcome of this could be, how does the real outcome compare?

This is something I dreamed about — being able to bring her back to Barron County. We were able to do that last night. It was something that we had to hope for and never gave up hope on, but after 88 days of this, hope was dwindling.

Did Jayme know that so many people were searching for her?

I don’t know. I don’t think we pressed that. We’re letting Jayme go at her pace now. When she wants information, we’re giving it to her. When she wants to give information, we’re taking it from her. Hopefully, we’ll be able to shield her as much as we can and let her work at her own pace to get back to the normalcy that she can get to.

Authorities mulling what to do with $50,000 reward in Jayme Closs case following her safe return.
Now that Jayme Closs is safe, there is the question of the $50,000 reward. Jayme, who is just 13, escaped her alleged captor Jake Patterson last week after being held for three months. Patterson's neighbors in the Wisconsin town of Gordon came to her aid, but cops are crediting Jayme's heroism for his capture. She had been kept under his bed, but was able to remove barriers and get help. The teen went missing in October, on the same day her parents were found shot to death in their Barron home.

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