Man charged for kidnapping teenager and killing parents

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A 13-year-old girl's escape from a rural home where she was held captive for three months by a Wisconsin man charged with murdering her parents helped break the case and she should be treated as a hero, the local sheriff has said.

She had been placed on the FBI's Missing Person's list on October 15 and was considered "endangered". They arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson on homicide and kidnapping charges.

However, neighbors noted they rarely saw Patterson and hadn't seen Jayme around.

The teacher said Jayme was skinny, dirty and wearing shoes too large for her feet.

Kasinskas said she taught Patterson science in middle school, but added: "I don't really remember a ton about him". "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam.

"It's a bad feeling when you don't know where your kid is but I don't know how I would react if I was to have mine walk through that door".

"When we said she was found safe and alive, (there were) tears and lots of hugs", Fitzgerald said.

Mrs Kasinskas told the Press she had not seen him on their street or in town since high school, describing him as "a quiet kid".

Patterson's lawyers Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said in a statement they consider the situation "very tragic" and that they are relying on the court system to treat their client fairly.

Patterson faces kidnapping and homicide charges and has a court appearance Monday.

A woman walking a dog found the girl and knocked on the door of a neighbour's home and asked them to call the authorities, reported the Star Tribune daily newspaper. She had been declared "missing and endangered", an AMBER Alert was issued for her and thousands of people joined investigators in their search for her.

The woman, named Jeanne Nutter, brought Jayme to the nearby front door of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, who opened their front door around 4 p.m.to the sound of frantic knocking from a female neighbor. Owner Karen Beeler said she's run the place for 22 years and had never heard of the family before Jake Patterson was arrested. Smith wrote that the family faces a long road to recover from the ordeal.

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Jayme Closs is pictured with her aunt Jennifer in this undated photo posted to Facebook.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, 'he killed my parents and took me,"' said another neighbour, Kristin Kasinskas. She said the girl smiled when the couple talked to her and said hello to their children. "My beloved sister Denise pooh and brother in law Jim can rest at peace and I keep assuring them Jayme is safe and we will make sure forever".

The sheriff said he didn't know whether Jayme had been physically abused.

Authorities said Jayme escaped Thursday from a cabin where she was being held by a man who allegedly kidnapped her in October, according to officials at the Barron County Sheriff's Department, who spearheaded the search for her.

Jayme Closs was missing for 88 days.

The cabin is in Eau Claire Acres, about 10 miles outside the tiny town of Gordon, in the dense evergreen forests of north-western Wisconsin.

Her grandfather Robert Naiberg said he had been praying for months for the call he received on Thursday. No one pressed her to talk, he said, adding that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and doctors advised them to let her speak when she's ready.

"It appears he concealed her from other people. his friends", Fitzgerald said.

Patterson remained largely an enigma Saturday.

Despite Erik Patterson's criminal record, few across the township seem to have heard of his family.

He worked for a day in 2016 for the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron before he quit, saying he was moving out of the area, according to Jennie-O President Steve Lykken. He said Patterson surrendered peacefully, and it is believed that he acted alone.

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