Missing Wisconsin Girl Jayme Closs Is Reunited With Her Aunt, Sheriff Says

The girl's disappearance was well publicised

Image The girl's disappearance was well publicised

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.

Authorities say they are still puzzled as to why the suspect allegedly went to Barron to kidnap Jayme from the family home, where her parents were found dead, killed with a shotgun.

The Sheriff also said that it has been confirmed that Patterson was not at the residence when Jayme escaped and that they now believe that he was out looking for her when he was located and placed under arrest.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference that Jayme Closs was taken back to her hometown of Barron on Friday. Authorities are working to track their movements over the past three months.

The 13-year-old is now in the care of other family members after her 88-day ordeal in captivity.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, 'he killed my parents and took me,"' Kristin Kasinskass said.

Jayme told the couple she had been held captive in a cabin and didn't know where she was or anything about Gordon. Police said Patterson had ties to Barron but did not elaborate. "Did he buy food?"

"She said she was lost, she didn´t know where she was", Nutter told AFP. "Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough", Fitzgerald said.

Someone blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs' home near Barron with a shotgun in October, gunned the couple down and made off with their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme Closs.

Patterson has no criminal history in Wisconsin, but his brother has had multiple run-ins with the law, including convictions for marijuana possession, bail jumping and sexual assault, online court records show. Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview on Saturday that the only thing the family knows for sure is that no one knew Patterson.

"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", he said.

Sheriff Fitzgerald says Jayme was being held against her will in a home in the Douglas County community of Gordon, about an hour north of Barron.

Sheriff Fitzgerald stated that Patterson had shaved his head to avoid leaving any trace evidence at the scene at the Closs residence.

She was due to be reunited with her extended family later on Friday.

Kasinskas called 911 to report the girl had been found after another neighbor out walking her dog encountered Jayme and brought her to Kasinskas' house. The sheriff said he didn't know whether Jayme had been physically abused.

"The million-dollar question is why", Fitzgerald said Saturday.

For months, thousands of people joined search parties as investigators received thousands of tips.

Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted the photos on Facebook.

Shortly after law enforcement came for Jayme, they arrested Patterson in his vehicle, while he apparently was looking for the girl. So now, "she needs to feel.in control and experience her memories in a way that. doesn't retrigger" her trauma.

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