Closs reconnecting with family, pets following kidnapping

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Jayme Closs, 13, has told authorities since her escape on Thursday that she was held captive at that same remote woodland cabin after her abduction in October from her family home in Barron.

As Jayme Closs starts her long road toward recovery following her kidnapping ordeal, investigators are working to piece together what happened during the almost three months she was in captivity. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, according to the company.

Nutter said, "This is Jayme Closs!" Smith added. She said her sister and brother-in-law can "rest at peace", adding: "I keep assuring them Jayme is safe and we will make sure forever".

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wisconsin, was arrested soon thereafter, and charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide in the killings of Jayme's parents and one count of kidnapping.

They believe she was targeted by Patterson, but are still investigating any possible links between him and the Closs family.

Detectives believe Closs was held by suspected abductor, Jake Thomas Petterson, 21, in a rural cabin near where she was spotted, and about 60 miles from her family home in Barron.

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Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted the photos on Facebook. Police are still investigating and say 'she is doing as well as circumstances allow'.

Investigators have said Patterson's goal was to kidnap Jayme, but he appears to have no connection to the family. She said they stole things and spent time in foster care.

Shortly before 1 a.m. that night, 911 dispatchers got a call during which they could hear yelling, but no one talked to the dispatcher. Kristin Kasinskas, one of the neighbors who took Jayme in after her escape last week, told the Associated Press that she was Patterson's middle school science teacher.

Patterson had worked for less than two days at a turkey processing plant where Closs' parents worked, but the sheriff said he did not have any contact with them. "I'm lost, '" said Jeanne Nutter, who had been walking her dog.

Patterson was driving around in his vehicle when he was apprehended Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference.

Jayme told the couple she had been held captive in a cabin and didn't know where she was or anything about Gordon.

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Additionally, authorities "don't believe there was a social media connection" between Closs and Patterson and are working to figure out "how he became aware of Jayme", Fitzgerald said.

Finding Jayme alive has brought up a lot of emotions for kidnapping victims and families of missing children.

There is no evidence in the early stages of the investigation that links Patterson to the parents or to Jayme, Fitzgerald said.

For months, thousands of people joined search parties as investigators received thousands of tips. His initial court hearing is scheduled for Monday and records showed he does not have an attorney. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

She was released from the hospital Friday and was reunited with her aunt in Barron, Wisconsin, and her dog, Molly. I figured if they hadn't found her by now that the person that did this didn't want her dead, so I had hope.

The Kasinskas said Jayme's emotions were "pretty flat" while they waited for the police and she refused offers of food and water.

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