Jayme Closs case: Suspect saw parents as 'barrier' to kidnapping

Tuesday, 15 Jan, 2019

With an 11-year-old son who attends the same middle school as Jayme Closs, he said he felt the need to do something amid her almost three-month disappearance.

Photos show the squalid basement "cell" where Jayme Closs was allegedly held captive by Jake Thomas Patterson.

"Jayme is talking. She communicated with our team up there", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said on Friday.

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The home is also where Patterson grew up, according to the outlet. "Jail and his feelings are appropriate for those times and circumstances", said attorney Charles Glynn.

So Nutter made a decision to go to the nearby home of Pete and Kristin Kasinkas, who are year-round residents there. "I didn't want to sleep that night because I wanted to make sure when I woke up she was still home", Tremblay said. "She is a strong girl and we are blessed to have her back", Trowbridge said. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

The power of prayer reaching all the way from Cameron to where Jayme was being kept in a rural home in Gordon where she had the strength to escape. The criminal complaint says Patterson told investigators he was driving to his job at a cheese factory one day near Almena, Wisconsin, when he stopped behind a school bus and watched Jayme get on.

Sheriff Fitzgerald says Patterson made extensive preparations to kidnap Jayme Closs.

Patterson was formally charged Monday on two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, one count of Kidnapping, and one count of Armed Burglary, according to online court records.

Little has been revealed about Jayme's ordeal since her abduction in mid-October, although more details could come Monday when Patterson is expected to be charged.

He took her to a cabin that he said was his, ordered her into a bedroom and told her to take off her clothes. The organization assisted with the exhaustive months-long search for Jayme Closs - a search that never yielded anything related to the suspect.

Investigators have yet to comment on what Jayme endured during captivity.

Patterson has no criminal history.

Neighbors and Gordon residents don't know much about the 21-year-old suspect. "You are - It's just the best thing I've ever seen'". There's no windows facing that side of the road.

Nothing in particular stood out about Patterson in middle school, Kasinskas said.

"You just want to know, but no, they're saying just let it come out".

"When I was on with 911, I was asking the questions".

"Jennifer babysat for her all the time in her daycare that she ran". After smiling with Jayme in the first photo released of the teen following her escape and obtained by PEOPLE, she vowed to do whatever it takes to keep Jayme safe.

Elizabeth Smart appears on "Good Morning America", Jan. 14, 2019.

"Jayme's dog was there". They heard a gunshot and knew Patterson had killed her father.

Nutter objected to a media report that described Jayme as being "dirty", but she said the girl clearly wasn't appropriately dressed for being outside and was obviously in distress. "She's in exceptionally good spirits". "Her dad was too". "We can't be more proud of Jayme". We will do anything and everything! Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves. Those two then rushed to Kasinskas' home, which was nearby.

"He was very quiet, not a troublemaker that I can remember". "We prayed and prayed and prayed". I am so thankful for that.

"We are overjoyed and we couldn't be happier".

Fitzgerald has called Jayme a hero. "Love you both and miss you terribly".