Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
World Media | By Shelia Harmon

Jayme Closs returning home 'a miracle,' Elizabeth Smart says

Jayme Closs returning home 'a miracle,' Elizabeth Smart says

A 21-year-old man has been charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old girl who had been missing for three months, and killing her parents, authorities said.

The woman reportedly brought Jayme to the nearby front door of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, who opened their front door around 4 p.m.to the sound of frantic knocking from a female neighbor.

Throughout the investigation, Fitzgerald said he did not believe that that Closs was involved in her parents' deaths.

A suspect has been taken into custody in regards to the case, according to the Barron County Sheriff. "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". Jayme was skinny and dirty, wearing shoes too big for her feet, but appeared outwardly OK, the neighbors said.

Jayme's family said what's most important is that she'll be home soon. Patterson has no prior criminal record, according to Fitzgerald. Jayme was believed to be home when they were killed, but she was gone when authorities arrived. Police discovered someone had broken into her family's home in Barron, killed her parents and apparently abducted her.

Douglas County deputies later located a vehicle matching description of the suspect's auto provided by Closs, pulled Patterson over and arrested him. Only then did the girl reveal her name.

It said she was located in the town of Gordon, near Lake Superior and northeast of Minneapolis.

Sue Allard, Jayme's aunt, overwhelmed and crying, could barely express her joy after learning the news. He wrote that he had no additional details to report, but has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Friday in Barron.

'Praise the Lord. It's the news we've been waiting on for three months.

"I don't even really know how to describe it, just kind of like the surprise and panic at the same time", she shared.

Nobody in the family has seen Closs yet and she is still with law enforcement.

Jayme went missing on October 15, the day her parents, James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found shot to death at the family's home near Barron, Wis., a town about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

October 23, 2018 - About 2,000 volunteers from as far as Minneapolis help with another ground search.

"Jayme, we need you here with us to fill that hole we have in our hearts", Smith said more than a week after the girl went missing.

Nutter said Jayme told her she had walked away from a cabin where she'd been held captive, a cabin not far from Nutter's home. As they waited for authorities, Jayme declined food and water, and instead met the family's puppy.

"She is good, she's been cleared from the hospital", said Fitzgerald. "I just can't wait".

"It has been 88 days of hope for her safe return, 88 days of prayers for Jayme".

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