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Wisconsin kidnapping and killing suspect lived under the radar

14 January 2019

Jayme had been missing for almost three months when, on Thursday, she approached a stranger near the small, isolated town of Gordon and pleaded for help.

Patterson went to the Closs home outside Barron, Wisconsin, with the intention of taking Jayme, Fitzgerald said. He was jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide.

Jayme Closs was missing for 88 days.

Jayme reportedly stayed at the home for about 20 minutes, declining food and water.

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know (her parents) Denise or Jim", Naiberg said.

"And I would tell her that this experience might feel like it's defining, it might feel like that's who she is now, but it doesn't have to be", Smart said.

Residents who knew Patterson described him as quiet. [But] he knew what he was doing.

Fitzgerald said officials did not yet know how she escaped, saying only that she had been released from the hospital and was being reunited with family.

Roseanna Marie Forcum last was seen in St. Paul in 1998 when she was 15. Charges are expected against Patterson on Monday, when he is expected to make his initial appearance in court.

Investigators are trying to determine how Jayme escaped from Patterson's home, Fitzgerald said.

In Gordon and the neighboring town of Minong, people knew of the suspect in the Closs murder and kidnapping case. It's wild country; roadside signs admonish motorists to share the pavement with ATVs.

The Baron county sheriff holds up a photo of the suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson.

Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, the sheriff said.

Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog near the cabin she owns with her husband on 10 January when she encountered Jayme Closs coming out of nearby woods.

Patterson's parents divorced in 2008, according to online court records.

Property records show that the cabin belonged to Patterson's father at the time of the teen's disappearance.

"It was like I was seeing a ghost", Mr Kasinskas told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Authorities are now giving her time to settle into her new home before they question her again, the sheriff added. Her abduction led to an intense search that ended Thursday when she was found alive - and Patterson arrested - about 70 miles from her home.

On Saturday, the Facebook group Healing for Jayme Closs posted an update announcing their fundraiser reached $50,000 in just one day. Kasinskas said. Police were called - but before they arrived, Jayme told them that she'd been held in the Gordon area, near Kasinskas' home, by someone who killed her parents on the night she disappeared. She said she never really saw Jake Patterson or his family. Smith wrote that the family faces a long road to recover from the ordeal.

Another Aunt, Sue Allard, said she could barely express her joy after learning the news. "But I'd also tell her that there is no going back to who she was before she was kidnapped, before this happened". "She did not talk about why or how".

Jayme Closs had been missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in a small Wisconsin town and pleaded for help.

In anticipation of the crime, the suspect cut his hair so he wouldn't leave behind physical evidence in Closs' home, Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald said. "Believe me, so are we".

The sheriff said that he did not know whether Closs had been physically abused.

Wisconsin kidnapping and killing suspect lived under the radar