Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme's parents because he wanted to abduct her, and that Patterson "took many steps to hide his identity".
Minutes later police arrested the man she identified as her captor, Jake Thomas Patterson, and have charged him with abducting Closs and fatally shooting her parents. 88 days of holding onto the faith that our authorities would never give up, and they certainly did not, 88 days with the same goal in mind: "that was to bring Jayme home and back into our arms", Barron Area School District Administrator Diane Tremblay said. It was like I was seeing a ghost, " Peter Kasinskas told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.
He acknowledged that Jayme may not be the same person she was before she disappeared.
Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, disheveled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger to tell her story Thursday in the small town of Gordon, where police said Jake Thomas Patterson lived.
The suspect took several steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the public, investigators say. Smart says that while the country celebrates this "happy occasion", the girl's family should be given "space and privacy on their road to finding a new sense of normal and moving forward".
A woman who helped a Wisconsin girl who'd been missing for three months following her parents' deaths says the girl told her she'd been held against her will.
"She seemed kind of in shock and kind of timid", Kasinskas said.
Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told the AP that he had been praying for months for the call he received about his granddaughter being found alive.
Jayme told the couple she didn't know where she was or anything about Gordon.
The woman who was the first to encounter a missing Wisconsin girl who vanished after her parents were killed says the teen called out to her for help, said she was lost and grabbed onto her before telling her who she was.
"I thought, 'Good for her she escaped, ' " he said.
"For her to get away and to do this, it's not her character", said Sue Allard.
The girl gave authorities a description of a vehicle, and a patrol sergeant found Patterson driving a auto that matched the description a short distance away, down the road from the Gordon home, Fitzgerald said at a news conference Friday. Jayme was missing and an AMBER Alert was issued for her.
Police found her parents James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, shot dead, and undertook a nationwide search for Jayme, describing her as "endangered", but the trail had gone cold until Thursday. On Friday, Jayme underwent medical and mental evaluations, spoke to law enforcement and was scheduled to be reunited with her family. "It's the news we've been waiting on for three months".
Jayme had been missing since October 15.
"Jayme Closs was located alive", the sheriff's office in Douglas County, Wisconsin, said in a statement late Thursday.
Smith, Jayme's godmother, told CNN affiliate WCCO that Jayme was recovering in a hospital near Duluth, Minnesota, and is expected to be released Friday. "I thought today was going to be the day, and then I find out two hours later that she's found and I just can not believe this", Allard told WCCO reporter Mary McGuire. The Barron County Sheriff's Department has scheduled a news conference Friday morning. They were found shot to death in their home on October 15, the night their daughter disappeared, reported NBC News.