Published: Sun, January 13, 2019
Global Media | By Garry Long

Jayme Closs' family says she is 'full of big smiles' Saturday

Jayme Closs' family says she is 'full of big smiles' Saturday

On Friday, Fitzgerald said it is believed Patterson was out looking for Jayme when law enforcement came into contact with him.

The 21-year-old Patterson is accused of killing Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, in an attack at the family home in October near Barron.

Jake Patterson is in custody on two charges of first degree intentional homicide in the deaths of Jayme's parents and one count of kidnapping.

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

"I hope we may all continue to support and embrace Jayme as she reclaims her life and comes to terms with the reality of her situation", the 31-year-old wrote.

"It's a awful 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".

"We're gonna be together and we're gonna get her through it", she said.

The news that Jayme was safe set off joy and relief in her hometown of Barron, population 3,300 and about 60 miles from where she was found.

Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook Saturday that Jayme was doing well.

He said there is no evidence Patterson knew Jayme or her family or had been in contact with her on social media.

From what she told them, they believed she was in Gordon, a logging town of about 650 people, for most of the time she was missing.

Her discovery led to the arrest of suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, who police said was driving around searching for the girl.

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At a press conference yesterday Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald said the teen told the Kasinskas 'he killed my parents and took me'.

There was no sign of Jayme until she was found "skinny and dirty" on Thursday by a dog walker in a town 65 miles away from her home.

"I've always been a glass half-full kind of guy", Sheriff Fitzgerald said at the time. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them".

Police said they sent three teams to tell family members at various locations that she had been found, including one group that was attending a basketball game. Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said in a statement that they await Patterson's initial court appearance and the filing of charges against him on Monday.

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

Patterson lived just four doors down from the Kasinskas family, but Kristin Kasinskas said she didn't realize it until he was identified as the suspect.

It had been almost three months since she went missing from her home in Barron, where her parents were found dead.

"Jayme is the hero in this case, there's no question about it", he said.

Patterson was the authorities´ only suspect, described as unemployed and a long-time resident of rural Gordon.

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme. He worked for one day in 2016 at the same Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Jayme's parents.

"I'm going to give her the biggest hug and tell her that I'm here for her and that I love her very much", she said on the morning show.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted a teacher at a local school as saying a neighbour walking her dog had knocked on her door after having found Jayme.

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