Sheriff Fitzgerald Updates Community On Closs Case

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A 13-year-old girl's escape from a rural home where she was held captive for three months by a Wisconsin man charged with murdering her parents helped break the case and she should be treated as a hero, the local sheriff has said.

Patterson, who is unemployed with no criminal record, was scheduled for an initial court appearance on Monday when homicide and kidnapping charges are expected to be filed.

The Barron County sheriff's office said Closs was found Thursday afternoon in Gordon, a northwest Wisconsin town about 65 miles north of where she went missing from her home in Barron.

Patterson was in the county jail Friday and is keeping quiet after talking on the day of his arrest.

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

About three years ago, Patterson worked at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron - where Jayme's parents were employed - and then quit, saying he was moving, company President Steve Lykken said.

Patterson lived just four doors down from the Kasinskas family, but Kristin Kasinskas said she didn't realize it until he was identified as the suspect.

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Authorities say that the Closs family did now know Jake Patterson.

Both the woman and the neighbor recognized the teen immediately on Thursday due to the enormous public campaign following her disappearance, Fitzgerald said.

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know Denise or Jim", Naiberg said. (But) he knew what he was doing. Jayme had not been seen since her parents were murdered there on October 15.

Jake Thomas Patterson is being held on kidnapping and homicide charges after his arrest Thursday. The discovery ended an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst the longer she was missing.

"I just cried. lots of happy tears", Jen Smith, the girl's aunt, told ABC's Good Morning America programme, describing when the Barron County Sheriff informed her that Jayme had been found alive.

"There is a reunification process in place going on right now that includes medical mental evaluation, questioning by detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and then reunification with family". We had too much love and support around us for us to give up, ' her aunt said.

Sue Allard, Jayme's aunt, told local media she could barely express her joy on hearing the news.

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Investigators have said Patterson's goal was to kidnap Jayme, but he appears to have no connection to the family. "We don't know if he's after us, '" Kasinskas said.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald held a second press conference regarding the Jayme Closs case.

"When our neighbor Jeanne came in with Jayme, she said: 'Get a gun".

"I know all of you are searching for the answer why any of this happened", Fitzgerald said. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them". Investigators say they've found no evidence of any online conversations between the two.

"We believe Jayme was the target, and he (Patterson) was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her", Fitzgerald told CNN's Jean Casarez on Saturday. It appears he has been living in the family cabin; property records indicate his father still owned the place in October.

The cabin is in Eau Claire Acres, about 10 miles outside the tiny town of Gordon, in the dense evergreen forests of north-western Wisconsin.

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