Jayme Closs escaped the Wisconsin residence where she had been held captive and now a man arrested on suspicion of killing the teen’s parents and abducting her three months earlier. The teen flagged down a woman who was walking her dog to help authorities have reported.
The case of 13-year-old Jayme Closs has inspired 1000’s of tips from the public and numerous searches that paid off when the teen helped herself to freedom Tuesday afternoon.
FBI Special Agent Justin Tomomeo told reporters Friday during a press conference in the teen’s hometown of Barron:
“In cases like this we often need a big break, and it was Jayme herself who gave us that break.”
Jayme, who was reported missing October 15 after her parents were found shot dead in their home near the town of Barron, was discovered walking alone Thursday two counties to the north, outside the Town of Gordon, authorities said.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, who is the accused abductor of young Jayme was arrested shortly after Jayme was found when a law enforcement officer pulled him over in a vehicle after neighbors called 9-1-1 to report Jayme’s emergence, authorities said.
Investigators now believe that Patterson killed Jayme’s parents, James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, at their home in October and abducted Jayme and that it appears he went there with the precise intention of taking the girl, Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald said.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, is being held on preliminary charges of homicide and kidnapping, authorities say.
A possible motive, and whether Patterson and the Closs family knew each other remains under investigation, authorities said.
Patterson was being held Friday in Barron County on preliminary charges of first-degree intentional homicide and kidnapping, Fitzgerald said.
“For 88 days I have stood before you and (promised) we’d work tirelessly to bring (Jayme) home,” Fitzgerald said. “Last night our collective promise was fulfilled.”
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