Wisconsin man arrested in teen's abduction, parents' deaths

Police have identified the man they allege killed Jayme Closs' parents before abducting the teen, holding her captive for almost three months before she managed to escape and find help Thursday.

Closs is the 13-year-old girl who vanished October 15 after her parents were fatally shot at their home about 60 miles to the south in Douglas County.

"My legs started to shake".

Sheriff Fitzgerald said Patterson was not home when Jayme Closs escaped and may have been out looking for her when he was arrested.

Patterson is being held on two counts of first degree intentional homicide for the murder of Jayme's parents and one count of kidnapping. "She did not talk about why or how".

Smith says she was given no other details about the case, other than being told a suspect was in custody. It was not immediately known whether the unemployed man had an attorney.

Nutter said she didn't want to bring Jayme to her nearby home because it was too close to where she'd been found, and she didn't want them to be alone.

Mrs Kasinskas said she did not see Patterson during the months Jayme was missing. She was being interviewed by law enforcement officers, he added. He said investigators do not believe Patterson had any contact with the family.

Jake Patterson, 21, appears in a booking photo provided by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Barron, Wisconsin, Jan. 11, 2019.

The Star Tribune newspaper in Minneapolis reported on its website that a neighbour walking a dog knocked on the door of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas's home east of Gordon.

No gun or suspects were found at the scene and there was no sign of Jayme.


Smart posted Friday on her Instagram account that she was thrilled Jayme had been found.

The search began on October 15 after police responded to a 911 call made from her mother Denise's mobile phone from the Closs' family home in the town of Barron.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, he killed my parents and took me", Kasinskas said. She remembered Patterson as a quiet, good student and a member of the Quiz Bowl team. She did not recall seeing him around town or on her street. Details of what happened in the almost three months since the girl vanished remain unclear, he said, though he said Patterson "took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public".

The sheriff also paid tribute to the teen herself for escaping her captor single-handedly, saying it was down to "the will of a kid to survive".

The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in October says he received a call late Thursday that he'd been praying for, informing him his granddaughter had been found alive.

"I was at the right place at the right time", she said. I mean, how she got out, we don't know that yet, you know, it wasn't just on her own. I don't know where I am.

Jayme was able to provide a description of a auto driven by her alleged captor.

Jayme told the couple she did not know where she was or anything about Gordon. As of 4 p.m. Friday, she had been reunited with some of her family, with more reunions to follow.

After Jayce vanished, detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches.

The sheriff said Gordon, where Jayme was found, was not on authorities' radar. She was rescued nine months later with the help of two witnesses who recognized her abductors from an "America's Most Wanted" episode.

  • Tracy Klein