Jayme Closs: authorities search for motive in 'tragic' kidnapping case

  • Jayme Closs: authorities search for motive in 'tragic' kidnapping case

Jayme Closs: authorities search for motive in 'tragic' kidnapping case

Someone blasted open the door of James and Denise Closs' home near Barron, Wisconsin with a shotgun in October, gunned the couple down and made off with their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme.

Jayme was found on Thursday in the small town of Gordon, some 70 miles (112km) from her home in Barron.

Police identified the man suspected of kidnapping Jayme as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson. He was jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide. It's just a great result we got tonight.

Police said that Patterson had no contact with Jayme or her family before the murders but the primary motive was the abduction of the teenager.

Kasinskas said she knew of Patterson but didn't know him well.

"These funds are going to go towards the journey with the family as they help Jayme through whatever it may be...driving to take care of her, taking her to the clinic, medical costs or anything", said De Andriano. "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam".

"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". "Why he picked her is the million dollar question we're still trying to determine".

"My legs started to shake".

Relying on what Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald called "the will of a kid to survive", a dishevelled Closs escaped a house in the tiny town of Gordon where she had been held captive, about 100km north of Barron.

Jennifer Havorson, who has become close friends with Jayme's aunts, tells PEOPLE that Jayme is "glad" to be reunited with her dog Molly.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, 'he killed my parents and took me,"' Kristin Kasinskass said. Police are still investigating and say 'she is doing as well as circumstances allow'.

"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", Smith said.

Both the woman and the neighbor recognized the teen immediately on Thursday due to the enormous public campaign following her disappearance, Fitzgerald said. "I've always been a glass half-full kind of guy", Sheriff Fitzgerald said at the time. "Believe me, so are we".

Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, the sheriff said.

News that Jayme had been found alive ended an all-out search that gripped the country.

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. He said she was largely silent and did not talk about how Patterson had kept her confined.

Patterson, who had no previous criminal record in Wisconsin, is accused of carefully planning his attack - specifically targeting the young teen for reasons that remained unclear.

He said the unemployed suspect had ties to the Barron area, but did not elaborate.

He had no criminal record, according to the sheriff.

The president of the Jennie-O Turkey store in Barron, where James and Denise Closs had worked for decades, said Patterson had been an employee there for a single day three years ago.

Patterson is scheduled to appear in court on Monday to enter a plea. "I mean, it's sad when you hear a story that your child is deceased, I don't want to hear that".

Jayme's second cousin, Jodie Arnold, also called her a "complete badass", telling PEOPLE on Friday, "As far as I'm concerned she saved herself", and credits Jayme's "perseverance and will to live" for her freedom.

Over the past few months, detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches for Jayme, including one that drew 2,000 volunteers but yielded no clues. Smart was just 14 years old when a couple kidnapped her from her Salt Lake City home in 2002.

"Jayme is an example of why we never lose hope and never stop searching", the organisation said on Facebook.