Jayme Closs' grandfather says family had no connection to kidnapping suspect

Jake Thomas Patterson killed Jayme Closs parents before kidnapping her

On Thursday, authorities announced Closs, 13, who disappeared in October, was found alive.

The young girl was rescued Thursday walking down a road in a rural area in northwestern Wisconsin after she fled a home where law enforcement says she was kept by Jake Thomas Patterson, 21.

Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was arrested.

"All along, Patty (Wetterling) was saying, 'I knew it, I knew she was OK, '" said Jane Straub, victim assistance specialist at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.

"The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to great lengths to prepare to take her", said Fitzgerald.

Officials did not expand on why Jayme was targeted.

A Facebook page called "Healing for Jayme Closs" has been set up where her family will provide updates on her condition.

"Well, right now we're looking for 88 days of evidence", Fitzgerald said. Later that night, the Barron County Sheriff's Department (BCSD) notified the public of the good news.

Jayme was hospitalized, and later released and reunited with her relatives and dog, Molly, in Barron.

Finding Jayme alive has brought up a lot of emotions for kidnapping victims and families of missing children.

"It's fantastic - the will of that 13-year-old girl to survive and escape".

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators are trying to figure out what happened to Jayme during her captivity and why she was seized, and gave no details on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not home at the time.

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Still, Straub says Jayme's case gives several lessons. "I've met him and talked to him when I walked through the neighborhood, but that's about all I know".

Ms Nutter said Jayme was skinny, dirty and wearing shoes too large for her feet.

The woman took her to a neighbor's house where they called police.

Nutter said, "This is Jayme Closs!". Another neighbor, Patricia Osborne, told the Minneapolis Star Tribune that the brothers often got into trouble. "My jaw just went to the floor".

Mr Patterson lived just a few houses away from the Kasinskas family, and Mrs Kasinskas had been one of his school teachers, the Associated Press reported. "Did he see her somewhere?"

"I have no clue who they are", she said.

Jayme was taken to a hospital in Minnesota after she was found, her aunt, Sue Allard, said.

"I was terrified, but I didn't want to show her that". I can't wait to get my arms around her. But they haven't been able to find any connection between him and the Closs family. We don't know if he was stalking her or what.

Local, state and federal investigators searched for the teen for months.

Jayme went missing on Monday 15 October 2018, after emergency services received a mobile phone call from her family address in Barron.

Emergency dispatchers heard a disturbance in the background, but no-one spoke to them directly.

Police found James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, shot dead in their home three months ago.

There was no sign of Jayme, nor of a suspect or murder weapon. They said they were in the process of confirming that a shotgun recovered in their investigation was the one used the night of the crime.

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