How the search for Jayme Closs united family friends, community

Accused Jayme Closs kidnapper shaved his head so he would not leave hair behind at her home authorities say

Jake Patterson is being held on charges of kidnapping and two counts of murder

The teen had been missing for nearly three months when she was found on a deserted backroad in Gordon, Wisconsin, after being kidnapped by Jake Patterson, 21.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald was able to speak with Jayme and said the conversation they had was "just wonderful".

"I think there was the power of God behind it".

Investigators believe Patterson broke into James and Denise Closs' home near Barron on October 15 by blowing the front door open with a shotgun blast.

"Jayme was the hero in the case".

Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, said Sunday that, considering the circumstances, the teen is holding up. "We can't be more proud of Jayme".

He faces charges of killing Jayme's parents and kidnapping her on 15 October past year.

"I had to pinch myself a couple of times". "That's the million-dollar question, is why".

Fitzgerald has called Jayme a hero.

"We know the truth and they had nothing to do with it", Engelhardt told Fox News. She managed to escape on Thursday with the help from a woman walking her dog.

Smart, who is married and now 31, said that although the details of Jayme's ordeal have not been released, the fact that the girl "rescued herself" speaks volumes of her strength.

They called 911, and Jayme provided a description of Patterson's vehicle.

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

'It's gonna take time. and if she doesn't want to talk then I think that's her complete prerogative'.

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The complaint says Patterson went to the Closs home twice with the intent of taking Jayme but was unable to do so because too many people were around before he was able to kidnap her.

Once at the Gordon home, Jayme said that Mr Patterson took all of her clothes, saying he would throw them away.

There's no evidence Patterson knew the Closses or had previous contact with them, the sheriff said. It is about a one-hour, 50-minute drive from Minneapolis, and is about 50 minutes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Engelhardt told Fox News the family is "looking for more answers" and moving forward she plans on being at every court proceeding for Patterson. "She said that this person usually hides her or or hides her when others are near or when he has to leave the household". And her alleged kidnaper was still out there, likely hunting for her.

While investigators have said Patterson's goal was to kidnap Jayme, he has no apparent prior connection to the family.

Almost 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 was arrested soon afterward.

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Jayme told Nutter.

Nutter knew of the girl's disappearance, which was reported nationally, and intensely so in the state.

"I quickly went into my social worker skills, of getting this child to a safe place, but you stay calm", Nutter said.

"No, and my mom, her heart has been just broken since Jayme was gone", Smith said.

His wife, Kristin Kasinskas, a middle-school teacher, realised she taught Patterson as a student but did not remember him well, the newspaper reported.

"She just went the right direction at the right time".

"She looked. kind of in rough shape".

He adds that he never saw Patterson interact with any of his female classmates.

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