'Jayme is the hero', sheriff says of Wisconsin girl who escaped captor

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald

Investigators believe Jayme was at the home when her parents were killed, and that Patterson abducted her from there, Fitzgerald said. But while she was his intended target, "nothing in this case shows the suspect knew anyone at the Closs home or at any time had contact with anyone in the Closs family", Fitzgerald said.

"I'm happy to hear that Jayme is found alive and well, I'm happy for that", said Koua Lee, the brother of Hang Lee, who disappeared from St. Paul in 1993 when she was 17 and never has been found.

Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Jayme told Nutter.

"When she wants information, we'll give it to her; and when she wants to tell us things, we'll take it from her", he said. "We see her picture everywhere and we have bracelets that we buy", said the woman at the cafe.

Patterson is due in court on Monday where he'll be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping, the official said.

The news that Jayme was safe set off joy and relief in her hometown of Barron, population 3,300 and about 60 miles from where she was found. The discovery ended an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst the longer she was missing.

Jayme was pictured smiling alongside her relieved aunt Jennifer Naiberg Smith, who gave permission for the image to be used after their emotional reunion.

Jayme, with her Aunt Jennifer.

Detectives will keep talking to Jayme, but at her own pace, to get more details to help in their investigation.

Smart called Closs fearless, strong, and a powerful survivor - but also says there is a long road ahead.

The teen was able to escape from a cabin before flagging down a pedestrian walking her dog in the town of Gordon.

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Kasinskas said she taught Patterson science in middle school, but added: "I don't really remember a ton about him". "She did not talk about why or how".

"She is doing as well as circumstances will allow", Fitzgerald said.

The few neighbors who know Patterson's family say he grew up in a cabin in a remote development that's a mix of seasonal and year-round homes about 10 miles (16 kilometers) outside Gordon proper.

"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.

"One of the things that helped me recover so quickly is that nobody forced me to talk about what happened", said Beers, 36, who is married and has two children. "Believe me, so are we".

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.

Straub also said Jayme's case brings up the issue of victim privacy.

Jayme Closs was found alive by the suspect's neighbours on Thursday.

Authorities blocked off the street that leads to the cabin from which Closs escaped Thursday and law enforcement has been going in and out all day. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

Patterson was the authorities' only suspect, described as unemployed and a long-time resident of rural Gordon.

About three years ago, Patterson worked at the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron - where Jayme's parents were employed - and then quit, saying he was moving, company President Steve Lykken said.

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