Suspect in Jayme Closs case to appear before judge Monday
- Author: Jon Douglas Jan 15, 2019,
Jan 15, 2019, 0:18
Jake Patterson told investigators he had driven to the Closs home in Barron, Wis. twice before October 15, 2018 with intent to kidnap Jayme Closs.
Jayme and her mother, Denise, heard the gunshots and hid in a bathroom as Patterson came to the front door, the complaint says. "I quickened my pace and got to her, and she just sort of fell into me and said, 'I'm Jayme.' And I said, 'I know'".
A small, white-paneled room - strewn with stuffed animals, makeup accessories, a panda backpack and mattress - is believed to be the hellish makeshift prison where Jayme Closs was held for 88 excruciating days before her miraculous Thursday escape.
"Get a weapon", Kristin Kasinskas remembered her neighbor, Jeanne Nutter, saying after Kasinskas ushered them inside her home in rural Gordon, Wisconsin - about 70 miles north of where Jayme was last seen.
"It was a privilege to have a little part in helping get her home", she said. Jayme was placed with Smith after leaving the hospital Friday.
Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, said Sunday that, considering the circumstances, the teen is holding up.
The same night authorities discovered Jayme missing three months ago, police found her parents James and Denise Closs shot dead in their home.
Now comes helping Jayme deal with the loss of her parents. Charging documents released Monday could shed more light on the case.
Jayme was rescued Thursday while walking down a road in Gordon, Wisconsin in frigid weather without a coat and gloves.
But the sheriff has also said there's no evidence that Patterson knew the Closses or had previous contact with them. "I think all of our prayers is what brought her home", said Geri Schoenecker, another church member.
For the past couple of months the community of Barron and beyond has been praying for a safe return of 13-year-old Jayme Closs.
Kasinskas said she knew of Patterson but didn't know him well.
Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs has told police she tried to hide from the man accused of killing her parents and kidnapping her, but that he dragged her out of her home and threw her in the trunk of his vehicle.
Patterson was formally charged Monday on two counts of First Degree Intentional Homicide, one count of Kidnapping, and one count of Armed Burglary, according to online court records.
Authorities have said Patterson's goal was to kidnap Jayme, but it's unclear how he became aware of the girl, especially because he lived an hour away. The complaint says Patterson didn't even know Jayme's name until he abducted her. Her grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press that Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she doesn't know Patterson at all. My sister Denisey-Pooh and Jim. we have your baby girl in our arms and may you both now Rest In Peace, we will never forget you.
On Oct. 15, Patterson allegedly used a gun to shoot open the door of the Closs home in Barron.
Allard said nobody in the family is asking her, "What happened?" In Wisconsin, charging documents often contain detailed information about the case.
Patterson attorneys Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said in a statement that they consider the situation "very tragic" and that they are relying on the court system to treat their client fairly. Jayme was nowhere to be found.
"It appears he concealed her from other people. his friends", Fitzgerald said.