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‘Jayme is the hero’ sheriff says of Wisconsin girl who escaped captor



(Reuters) – A 13-year-old girl escapes from a rural home, where she was held prisoner for three months by a 21-year-old Wisconsin man accused of killing her parents, helping to break the case and she should be treated like a hero, the local sheriff said on Friday.

Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement officers searched around the small town of Barron 24 hours a day after Jayme Closs's parents were found murdered in their home, door open and main door the missing girl.

Building on what the Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald called "a child's will to survive," a messy Closs escaped from a home in the small town of Gordon where he had been held prisoner, 60 miles north of Barron. She was found by a woman who took her dog for a walk on Thursday 1965-9002. "Jayme is the hero in this case, she helped us to solve this case," Fitzgerald told reporters Friday 1965.905 30 [19659004] PHOTO

Jayme Closs kidnapping case

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Jayme Closs

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This photo provided by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Barron, Wisconsin, shows Jake Thomas Patterson, of the city of Gordon, Wisconsin, who was incarcerated for kidnapping and murder charges in October killing of a Wisconsin couple and abduction of her teenage daughter, Jayme Closs. Closs was found alive Thursday, January 10, 2019, in the city of Gordon. (Barron County Sheriff's Department via AP)

A sign is seen in the small town of Barron, Wis., Tuesday, October 23, 2018, where 13-year-old Jayme Closs was discovered missing on October 15 after his parents were found fatally fired at their home. A search was being organized to find the couple's missing daughter. (AP Photo / Jeff Baenen)

A poster of the missing person of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) shows Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old from Wisconsin, who disappeared when her parents were discovered fatally shot three months ago. located in Gordon, Wisconsin, United States, as seen in this poster, provided on January 11, 2019. FBI / Dispense via Reuters ATTENTION EDITORS – THIS IMAGE WAS SUPPLIED BY A THIRD PARTY.

Volunteers look for a camp along 15th Avenue. near highway 25 just north of Barron, Wis., Tuesday 23 October 2018, for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who was discovered missing on October 15 after her parents were found fatally struck at home. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald shows a photo of Jake Thomas Patterson, who kidnapped Jayme Closs at a press conference on Friday 11 January 2018 in Barron, Wis Closs, a A 13-year-old girl from northwestern Wisconsin who died in October after her parents died, she was found alive in the rural town of Gordon, Wisconsin, about 60 miles north of her home in Barron. Investigators believe that Patterson, who was arrested shortly after his discovery, killed his parents because he wanted to kidnap her. (Jean Pieri / Pioneer Press via AP)

Greg Niemuth, of Eau Claire, Wis., Looks for a wooded area along the 15th Av. Near Highway 25, north of town for 13-year-old Jayme Closs in Barron , Wis., Tuesday, October 23, 2018. Hundreds of volunteers lined up in marshes, wheat fields and woods on Tuesday looking for clues that could lead investigators to the Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed and believed to have been kidnapped. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Jayme Closs

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Louie Lauderdale, of Lake Geneva, Wis. Search near a wheat field along 15th Avenue. near highway 25 just north of Barron, Wis., Tuesday 23 October 2018, for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who was discovered missing on October 15 after her parents were found fatally struck at home. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald speaks at a press conference on Friday, January 11, 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin, on the arrest of Jake Thomas Patterson, who allegedly Kidnapped Jayme Closs, Closs, a 13-year-old girl from north-west Wisconsin who disappeared in October after her parents were killed, was found alive in the rural town of Gordon, Wisconsin. About 60 miles north of his home in Barron. Investigators believe that Patterson, who was arrested shortly after his discovery, killed his parents because he wanted to kidnap her. (Aaron Lavinsky / Star Tribune via AP)

In Barron County, Wis., The sheriff's vehicle sits on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, outside the house where James Closs and Denise Closs were found fatally fired on October 15th. A search had been arranged to find the couple's 13-year-old daughter, Jayme. (AP Photo / Jeff Baenen)

Hundreds of volunteers gather on Tuesday, October 23, 2018 in Barron, Wisconsin, to assist in the search for Jayme Closs, a missing teenage girl from Wisconsin whose parents were killed in the family home. Jayme disappeared from October 15, when deputies who responded to a 911 call found that someone broke into the family home in Barron and killed James and Denise Closs. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Volunteers cross a creek and barbed wire near Barron, Wis., Tuesday 23 October 2018, heading for a land search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs who was discovered disappeared on 15 October after his parents were found fatally struck at home. Closs's research was expanded on Tuesday, with as many as 2,000 volunteers expected to participate in an area research. (AP Photo / Jeff Baenen)

Jayme Closs

(Photo: FBI Milwaukee)

Volunteers line up along Highway 25 just north of Barron, Wisconsin, October 23, 2018, to assist in the search for Jayme Closs, a missing teenage girl from Wisconsin whose parents they were killed in the family home. Jayme disappeared from October 15, when deputies who responded to a 911 call found that someone broke into the family home in Barron and killed James and Denise Closs. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Volunteers gather in a cornfield on 15th Avenue. near the highway 25 just north of Barron, Wis., Tuesday, October 23, 2018, while looking for thirteen year old Jayme Closs, who was discovered missing on October 15 after his parents were found fatally struck at their home. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

People attend a meeting during a moment of silence for Jayme Closs at the Barron High School football stadium on Monday October 22, 2018. The authorities revealed that they are looking for two vehicles in connection with the disappearance of the Wisconsin girl whose parents were shot dead last week, asking hundreds of volunteers to resume a search for land. State, local and federal investigators sought Closs from the beginning of October 15, when deputies discovered that someone had entered the Barron family's rural home and killed his parents. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Jayme Closs

(Photo: FBI Milwaukee)

Chris Kroeze, a contestant of the show The Voice, performs during a vigil for Jayme Closs at Barron High School Football Stadium in Barron, Wis., Monday October 22, 2018. The authorities revealed they are looking for two vehicles in connection with the disappearance of the Wisconsin girl whose parents were shot dead last week, asking hundreds of volunteers to resume a search on the ground. State, local and federal investigators sought Closs from the beginning of October 15, when deputies discovered that someone had entered the Barron family's rural home and killed his parents. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Steven Fowler by luck Wis., And his dog Cheeka searches for a cornfield along 15th Avenue. near highway 25 just north of Barron, Wis., Tuesday 23 October 2018, for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who was discovered missing on October 15 after her parents were found fatally struck at home. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

A group of volunteers scoured the ditches on Highway 8 on Thursday 18 October 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin, near the house where 13-year-old Jayme Closs lived with her parents James and Denise. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Jayme Closs

(Photo: FBI Milwaukee)

People attend a meeting during a moment of silence for Jayme Closs at the Barron High School football stadium in Barron, Wisconsin. Monday 22 October 2018. Authorities have revealed that they are looking for two vehicles in connection with the disappearance of the Wisconsin girl whose parents were shot dead last week, asking hundreds of volunteers to resume a search on the ground . State, local and federal investigators sought Closs from the beginning of October 15, when deputies discovered that someone had entered the Barron family's rural home and killed his parents. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Wisconsin Wins Supervisor DNR Russell T Fell selected 100 volunteers to scour the ditches along Highway 8 on Thursday, October 18, 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin, near the home where 13 years – old Jayme Closs lived with her parents James and Denise. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Wisconsin DNR Supervisor Russell T Fell selected 100 volunteers to scour the ditches along Highway 8, Thursday October 18, 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin, near the home where 13- old Jayme Closs lived with her parents James and Denise. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Joan Smrekar talked about the night when he heard two shots at home where the 13-year-old Jayme Closs are James's parents, and Denise was killed on October 18, 2018, in Barron, Wis. (Jerry Holt / Star Tribune via AP)

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald speaks at a press conference on Friday, January 11, 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin, on the arrest of Jake Thomas Patterson, who allegedly Kidnapped Jayme Closs, Closs, a 13-year-old girl from north-western Wisconsin who disappeared in October after her parents were killed, was found alive in the rural town of Gordon, Wisconsin., about 60 miles north of his home in Barron. Investigators believe that Patterson, who was arrested shortly after his discovery, killed his parents because he wanted to kidnap her. (Aaron Lavinsky / Star Tribune via AP)

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald shows a photo of Jake Thomas Patterson, who kidnapped Jayme Closs, at a press conference on Friday, January 11, 2018, in Barron, Wis Closs, A 13-year-old girl from north-west Wisconsin who died in October after her parents' death was found alive in the rural town of Gordon, Wisconsin, about 60 miles north of her home in Barron. Investigators believe that Patterson, who was arrested shortly after his discovery, killed his parents because he wanted to kidnap her. (Aaron Lavinsky / Star Tribune via AP)

Community members listened to as representatives of various Wisconsin command forces speak at a press conference on Friday, January 11, 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin, on arrest of Jake Thomas Patterson, who allegedly kidnapped Jayme Closs. Closs, a 13-year-old girl from north-western Wisconsin who died in October after her parents died, was found alive in the rural town of Gordon, Wisconsin, about 60 miles north of her home in Barron. Investigators believe that Patterson, who was arrested shortly after his discovery, killed his parents because he wanted to kidnap her. (Aaron Lavinsky / Star Tribune via AP)

Kristin Kasinskas, who lives in S. Eau Claire Acres Circle with her husband, Peter, speaks with the media Friday, January 11, 2019, in Gordon, Wisconsin. Kristin Kasinskas called The 911, Thursday, reports that Jayme Closs, 13, was found after another close walk home with his dog he met and took her to Kasinskas' home. Closs disappeared in October after the death of his parents. (Richard Tsong-Taatarii / Star Tribune via AP)




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Both the woman and the neighbor recognized the teenager immediately on Thursday because of the huge public campaign followed by his disappearance, said Fitzgerald [19659002] Less than 15 minutes later, Jake Patterson, 21, was in custody after the police had stopped his vehicle, based on Closs's description.

"The suspect was out looking for her when the forces of the order came into contact with him," Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding that the police were not looking for other suspects in the case at this time.

TARGETED JAYME

Patterson, an unemployed resident of Gordon, was charged on Friday with abduction and with killing James and Denise Closs with a rifle. Their bodies were discovered on October 15th.

"The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and did everything to prepare to get her," Fitzgerald said.

Patterson was detained in Barron County prison, and it was still unclear if he had a lawyer.

More than 200 agents of the order forces were on the field day and night after Closs disappeared, sifting through thousands of suggestions but finding little to do.

(Jake Patterson via Reuters

The search extended through fields of wheat and wooded areas and attracted 1,500 volunteers – almost half of the people of the entire population of Barron, which covers 3400 people, located about 90 miles (145 km) northeast of Minneapolis.

Hundreds of the locals participated in a Christmas tree lighting ceremony at Riverview Middle School, which was attended by Closs, in his Honor last month .The tree of hope was decorated with messages and illuminated in blue, the favorite color of Closs and green to symbolize the awareness of the missing children, according to reports from the Star Tribune.

Closs was talking to the investigators on Friday after spending a night in hospital For assessment, the authorities did not provide details on the conditions of her imprisonment or how she managed to escape.

She had to be reunited with n his extended family later Friday

"I just cried … very happy tears," said Jen Smith, the girl's aunt, at ABC's "Good Morning America" ​​program.

FEW DETAILS

The authorities have released few details about Patterson, who has no criminal record in Wisconsin, saying they were not sure if he met Closs.

Attempts to reach Patterson's relatives and neighbors on Friday were unsuccessful.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing the neighbors, reported that Patterson had been raised in Gordon. The police said that Patterson had ties to Barron but did not elaborate.

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 for just one day three years ago. He left the next day, saying he was moving, said Steve Lykken.

"We are still crying over the loss of the Jennie-O family members for a long time Jim and Denise, but our entire team is celebrating with the community and the world, that Jayme has been found," said Lykken.

The superintendent of the local school district, Jean Serum, said that Patterson was a good boy who was part of the quiz bowl team at his high school. He graduated in 2015.

About 350 people under the age of 21 are kidnapped by strangers in the United States each year, according to FBI data.

Closs is not the first victim of the abduction to survive months in captivity. [19659002] Elizabeth Smart, who was held captive for nine months as a teenager after her abduction in 2002 in Utah, published a photo of Closs on Instagram, praising the "miracle" that had been found.

"No matter what might happen in its history we all try to remember that this young woman has SURVIVED and whatever other detail may emerge, the most important one will remain alive," wrote Smart.

(Report by Joseph Ax and Gabriella Borter in New York, edited by Rich McKay in Atlanta and Andrew Hay in New Mexico, Editing by Bill Tarrant and Sandra Maler)


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