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Jayme Closs: grandfather says teenager in 'good spirits' after rescue

14 January 2019

Earlier Sunday, one of the women helping Jayme and the Closs family get through this dark time talked about their bond and her wish for Jayme.

He is alleged to have broken into her home in Barron, Wisconsin, before murdering her parents and abducting her.

She took Closs to a nearby home where the residents, Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, called 991. Her dog, Henry, was antsy and wanted to go for a walk. "Did he buy food?" he said. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating.

"I'm so glad they believed us", Nutter said. Jayme wasn't really talking on her own.

"The officer told us to get away from the windows and get downstairs", Kasinskas said.

"We believe Jayme was the target, and he (Patterson) was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her", Fitzgerald said.

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

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, leading the investigation, has said he wants to know why Jayme was targeted, in an attack he has described as being calculated. "I asked her, 'Who had you?' and 'Where did they have you?' I asked her about the vehicle, she said 'red auto, Jake Patterson, '" Kasinskas said.

Jake Patterson had, as it turns out, worked at the same turkey processing plant, but only for a single day three years ago. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, according to the company.

Jayme described Patterson's auto to law enforcement officers and they found him soon after, driving the streets, allegedly hunting her.

A panicked 911 call was made that night, with frantic movement heard, but no words audible. When the dispatcher called back, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs, 46.

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"I got my firearm out and stood by the door until the police arrived".

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.

Jeanne Nutter, who has a cabin in the Gordon area, was walking her dog on an isolated road around 4 p.m. when she saw Jayme out in the cold around dusk.

Nutter, who has a background as a social worker and who is a part-time academic advisor for the UW-Madison school of social work, was seemingly the ideal person to run into a distressed girl in need of immediate help.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911.

Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested.

Jake Patterson, 21, has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping over the incident.

Investigators say there's no evidence of any online interactions between him and Jayme.

During the service they took a moment to pray for Jayme and her family and also to thank all of those who searched endlessly for her since October.

"All this was going through my head, that my place wasn't safe", she said.

"It was great to know she was next to me all night", Jennifer Smith posted on Facebook on Saturday.

Jayme Closs: grandfather says teenager in 'good spirits' after rescue