Barron Co Sheriff: Jayme Closs reunited with aunt, escaped while suspect was away

Jake Patterson had no prior contact with Closs family

Adam Carter
January 11, 2019 - 4:28 pm
Jayme is home

Jennifer Smith

The sheriff of Barron County Wisconsin says 13-year old Jayme Closs has been reunited with aunt, and continues to provide information to investigators. 

Jayme spent her first night in her hometown on Friday following nearly three months of captivity. A message from her aunt was posted on the Facebook page Healing for Jayme Closs:

Jayme had a pretty good night sleep it was great to know she was next to me all night what a great feeling to have her home. As a family we will get through all of the healing process Jayme has. It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!! We will do anything and everything!! 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. We all miss them both dearly now they know there Jayme which was there whole world is home with family!! God is Good !! Bless you all!!

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Jayme was able to escape Jake Patterson, the man suspected of kidnapping her, while Patterson was away from the home he where he was apparently keeping her.  This was part of new information released by the sheriff at a news conference Friday afternoon.

The 21-year old Patterson will appear in court Monday afternoon, where he's expected to be charged with two counts of murder and kidnapping.

Fitzgerald says there has yet to be any prior connection made between Patterson, and the Closs family.

"Nothing in this case shows the suspect knew anyone at the Closs home, or at any time had any contact with anyone in the Closs family."

Jayme Closs disappeared October 15th, 2018, the night her parents were found murdered in their Barron, Wisconsin home. 

The girl had not been seen by anyone until Thursday afternoon, when she ran up to a woman walking her dog in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles north of Barron.

Sheriff Fitzgerald says Patterson was arrested in his vehicle a short time later, and that he was apparently out looking for Jayme.

Barron County Sheriff's Department

While Fitzgerald continues to say that Jayme was specifically targeted by Patterson, it is unclear how he became aware of her.  Social media contact has been ruled out, he says.

The sheriff also confirmed that a shotgun was discovered, which is consistent to the weapon used to kill Jayme's parents, and used to enter the Closs home.