The 13-year-old girl that went missing after her parents were murdered last October has been found. The police have also revealed some details about a suspect taken into custody.
On October 15, Jayme Closs disappeared from her home in Barron, Wisconsin, 90 miles east of Minneapolis. At the same house, her parents, James and Denise Closs were found dead from a gunshot after an unidentified caller dialed 911.
"She said to us that this person killed my parents and took me. She did say that."
Nearly three months and several search efforts later, Jayme was found on Thursday, January 10 in Gordon, Wisconsin.
Jayme reportedly escaped from her abductor after which she was found by a Gordon resident walking her dog.
According to The Minneapolis Star Tribune quoted by BBC, a teacher at a local school said a neighbor knocked on her door after finding Jayme.
The teacher, Kristin Kasinskas, said Jayme was bedraggled and refused food and water. The teenager however bonded with Kristin’s puppy and felt more at ease.
The woman further told CNN that Jayme identified her abductor and claimed that the same person killed her parents.
"She said to us that this person killed my parents and took me. She did say that. She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near or when he has to leave the household. She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that."
During a press briefing on Friday, the police revealed that a suspect was arrested shortly after Jayme was found and described his vehicle.
The suspect has been identified as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson from Gordon. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Jayme was kept in a "home in a remote area."
The Sheriff also confirmed that Jayme was Jake’s target, explaining that:
"Jayme was taken against her will and escaped from the residence at which she was being held in. We also don’t believe at this time the suspect had any contact with the family. We do believe that Jayme was the only target. I can tell you that the subject planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public.”
The authorities are currently trying to figure out why Jake took Jayme. Meanwhile, the teenager has been taken to a hospital for examination and was kept overnight for observation.
Like Jayme, three West Virginia residents who went missing in a non-operational coal mine were found last month after one week of searching.
The three adults were found worse for wear after getting lost in the mine and going without food and clean water for days.
A relative of one of the rescued persons could not hide her joy as she said:
"We got our Christmas miracle. All we really know is she's alive, and we're so thankful that she's out and that they're all out. We appreciate everybody in the community, the governor and rescuers, everything everybody has done."