A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a baffling scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, Jayme Closs, then held the girl captive for three months before she managed to escape as he drove around looking for her.
A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a baffling scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for three months before she managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, the Associated Press reports. Jayme Closs, 13, was skinny, disheveled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for help Thursday in the small town of Gordon, where police said she was being held by Jake Patterson. Within minutes, Patterson was pulled over and jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges for what authorities said was his meticulously planned shotgun attack at the girl’s home in October.
The news that Closs was safe set off relief 60 miles away in her hometown of Barron, population 3,300, ending an all-out search that gripped the state. Closs told a neighbor in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held captive. She said Patterson “killed my parents and took me,” said another neighbor, Kristin Kasinskas. Investigators are trying to figure out what happened 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. He said there is no evidence Patterson knew Jayme or her family or had been in contact with her on social media. Kasinskas called 911 to report the girl had been found after another neighbor out walking her dog encountered Closs and brought her to Kasinskas’ house. Patterson was apparently out looking for her when he was stopped by a sheriff’s deputy based on a description of his vehicle from Closs.