Ex-kidnapping victims: Jayme Closs needs space, time to heal

11 2019 by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin shows Jake Thomas Patterson 21 suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs,13

11 2019 by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Wisconsin shows Jake Thomas Patterson 21 suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs,13

Elizabeth Smart, the Utah woman who was held for nine months when she was 14 years old, told NBC News she was "so excited" to hear that Jayme had been found. "Things like that are things we're looking at".

The sheriff said investigators are trying to figure out what happened to Closs during her captivity and why she was seized, and gave no details on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not home at the time.

What is more, she said, Jayme's escape and rescue are "the reason why we can never give up hope on any missing child".

Fitzgerald said officials did not yet know how she escaped, saying only that she had been released from the hospital and was being reunited with family.

The sheriff said they found a number of weapons at his home, including a shotgun that resembled the one used to shoot open the Closs's front door in the middle of the night on October 15 and kill Jayme's parents James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.

Speaking to Fox News, Jayme's aunt Kelly Engelhardt said, "We are beyond words".

A Facebook group called "Healing for Jayme Closs" has set up an address for the public to send letters to the 13-year-old Barron teen and her family.

Patterson's lawyers Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said in a statement they consider the situation "very tragic" and that they are relying on the court system to treat their client fairly.

The man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs shaved his head to avoid leaving any evidence during the attack that left her parents dead, police said. She told her brother she was going to a job interview with a friend's boss, later identified as a convicted sex offender. The only link between them is that Jake worked for a single day at the Jennie-O turkey plant where Jayme's parents were employed for 27 years. "It was a lot of sleepless nights".

Jayme was found Thursday outside the rural community of Gordon, where Patterson was holding her against her will in his home, authorities said.

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A picture circulated around social media of Closs smiling next to her aunt Jennifer Smith.

"We just prayed she was alive and would be found", said a woman at Season's Cafe.

Jayme has been described as "medically cleared", although Sheriff Fitzgerald was unable to comment on whether the youngster had endured any abuse while being held captive.

Local, state and federal investigators searched for the teen for months. The FBI offered a cash reward for information on her whereabouts, and authorities urged hunters in the area to be on the lookout for clues. "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam". Officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme's description of his vehicle.

Patterson is scheduled to go to court Monday where he is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

Jayme told one of the people in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held captive.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911.

"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

When deputies arrested him, he was out looking for Jayme, Fitzgerald said.

Kasinskas said she taught Patterson science in middle school, but added: "I don't really remember a ton about him". So now, "she needs to feel.in control and experience her memories in a way that. doesn't retrigger" her trauma.

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