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Former kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart offers advice to Jayme Closs

14 January 2019

Authorities believe he killed Jayme's parents to abduct her.

Police have praised the bravery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who was held captive for 88 days, saying it was her "will" that broke the case.

"Get a weapon", Kristin Kasinskas remembered her neighbor, Jeanne Nutter, saying after Kasinskas ushered them inside her home in rural Gordon, Wisconsin - about 70 miles north of where Jayme was last seen.

Details of Jayme's three-month captivity have not been released, and Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has not said whether Jayme was sexually assaulted.

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

"My beloved sister Denice and brother in law Jim can rest a peace, and I keep assuring them Jayme is safe and we will make sure [she is] forever", Smith added in her emotional post. The call came in from Denise Closs' cell phone.

"Right now at this point in time, I feel that it's very, very vital for her to build those relationships with her family because, unfortunately, her family was brutally torn apart", Smart said.

But Robert is so happy that Jayme, who's known to be shy, found the strength to escape.

He is alleged to have broken into her home in Barron, Wisconsin, before murdering her parents and abducting her. The FBI offered a cash reward for information on her whereabouts, and authorities urged hunters in the area to be on the lookout for clues.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating.

Police arrived to find the door kicked in, Jayme missing and her parents dead. "And if she doesn't want to talk then I think that's her complete prerogative".

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Jayme told Nutter. Fearful the kidnapper may be looking for Jayme, she told her partner to get a gun as he called 911.

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

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, is set to make his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Barron County Circuit Court.

She was rescued by police in Sandy, Utah, on March 12, 2003, when witnesses recognized her from an episode of "America's Most Wanted".

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.

Nutter, of Strum, left her home later that day than she wanted to.

Former kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart offers advice to Jayme Closs