Jayme Closs "took the power away" from her abductor, family says


The young man allegedly killed Closs' parents, James and Denise, in order to abduct the teen from her home on 15 October previous year, however his motive for the kidnapping remains unclear. The complaint says Jayme and her mother then hid in the bathroom and realized James Closs had been killed after hearing a shot.

The complaint says she escaped Thursday after Patterson told her he'd be gone for a number of hours; she pushed the bins away, took a pair of his shoes, and left.

Jayme was found Thursday outside the rural community of Gordon, where Patterson was holding her against her will in his home, authorities said.

Records show that defendant Jake Thomas Patterson's father transferred the title of the cabin near Gordon to Superior Choice Credit Union on October 23, eight days after the October 15 attack at the Closs family's home near Barron, which is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Gordon. And how did she manage to escape?

It's been three months since Jayme Closs walked the halls of Riverview Middle School, but she is still on the minds of her teachers and classmates, especially now. The public defenders didn't reveal many specifics about what they expect from Monday's court hearing, but they acknowledged the case was "a tragic situation from every perspective". Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested.

Tremblay says she knows Closs has a long road ahead of her, but she wants the school to be ready for her when she returns.

"I believe it's a message to us here in Barron and people all over, you can't overestimate the power of prayer", Robinson said.

Smart, who is married and now 31, said that although the details of Jayme's ordeal have not been released, the fact that the girl "rescued herself" speaks volumes of her strength.

Patterson, who was alone in the vehicle, told the deputy that he knew what the stop was about and that "I did it", the complaint states.

"While I don't know how she escaped at this time, we believe that the suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald said Friday. Patterson broke down the bathroom door, told her to hang up and taped Jayme's mouth shut.

Investigators say there is no evidence of any online interactions between Patterson and Jayme.

A Wisconsin sheriff says 13-year-old Jayme Closs had a smile on her face when he saw her Sunday, just days after she fled the remote cabin where she says she was held for three months.

Smith posted photos to social media of Jayme smiling with her dog and her aunt. Her grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press that Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she doesn't know Patterson at all. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, according to the company.

Glynn and Jones issued a statement Saturday saying they are relying on the court system to treat Patterson fairly.

Police arrived to find the door kicked in, Jayme missing and her parents dead.

Fitzgerald has called Jayme a hero. In Wisconsin, charging documents often contain detailed information about the case.

Fitzgerald said it's not clear whether Patterson, who is unemployed, owns the home, or how he kept Jayme there. "A lot of the things that I went through, I was very embarrassed of, I was ashamed of, I didn't want people to know what I'd been through and I can only imagine that she, too, feels the same way".