Jayme Closs kidnap: Suspect Jake Patterson 'saw her on school bus'

Accused Jayme Closs kidnapper shaved his head so he would not leave hair behind at her home authorities say

Patterson, who was dressed head to toe in black, taped Jayme's hands and ankles and dragged her out to his vehicle.

The 13-year-old girl from Barron, Wis., on Thursday fled the cabin near the small town of Gordon - about an hour north of her home - where she said she had been imprisoned.

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. Her family insists they don't know the man.

So Nutter chose to go to the nearby home of Pete and Kristin Kasinkas, who are year-round residents there. "We didn't even really have time to be scared, it was happening quickly".

The complaint states that Jayme and her mother hid in the bathroom as Patterson came to the front door.

Authorities said Jayme Closs escaped from Patterson, who was being held in jail on preliminary homicide and kidnapping charges.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters on Friday that Patterson took measures to avoid leaving evidence at the Closs family's home, including shaving his head before breaking in.

Investigators say they believe Patterson broke into the Closs home in October, killing James and Denise and kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme. When the dispatcher called back, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs, the dispatch log reads. No one on the line talked to the dispatcher, but the dispatcher "could hear a lot of yelling".

As Jayme Closs starts her road to recovery following her kidnapping, investigators are trying to piece together what happened during the almost three months she was in captivity.

Patterson was arrested last Thursday in Gordon, Wisconsin.

Jayme was alone, without a coat or gloves in the Midwestern chill, Nutter said. "I believe all the thoughts and prayer behind you, God and your mom and dad led you to use your strength, love and power to get you home to us".

Prosecutors formally charged Patterson on Monday in the murders and the abduction in Barron, Wisconsin. "Don't ask me how I stayed so calm".

Nutter described Jayme's condition as "skinny and dirty but outwardly OK", saying her hair was matted. Per the complaint, he said he saw Jayme get on the bus and "he knew that was the girl he was going to take".

When deputies arrested him, he was out looking for Jayme, Fitzgerald said. Kristin Kasiskas told Fox News that she and her husband immediately recognized the teen, whose picture had been posted on billboards nationwide. Police have said the two did not know each other.

Fitzgerald has called Jayme a hero.

Nothing in particular stood out about Patterson in middle school, Kasinskas said. She did this. I am so very proud of you Jayme Closs. "Just a quiet, very smart kid", she said. He did well in class, he was a good student.

Tremblay says the challenge will be to prepare students to welcome Closs with open arms without prying too much. Her grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press that Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she doesn't know Patterson at all. But they were still concerned he might be after her.

Smith went on to say that Jayme's parents can rest in peace now, and she will make sure Jayme is safe forever.

The two women hovered around Jayme as they waited for the police to arrive.

Next Sunday, Jan. 20, they will be part of a faith celebration at 6:30 pm.



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