Wisconsin: Girl (13) who escaped captor hailed as hero by local sheriff

Jayme Closs: Suspect named in kidnapping and murder case

The man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents with a shotgun almost three months ago appears to have led an unremarkable existence until that fateful night, blending into the state's vast northwestern forests.

But she should not expect it to be the same life that she had before her ordeal, according to some who have been in similar situations.

The sheriff said Patterson had been keeping Jayme against her will at his home.

Another aunt said that it won't be a quick journey for Jayme after all that she's been through.

"When I was rescued, I felt like all of a sudden all that had been given back, and I didn't want to miss out on any of it, and I just hope and pray that Jayme feels the same way", said Smart, now 31.

Relying on what Mr Fitzgerald called "the will of a kid to survive", a dishevelled Closs escaped the house in the tiny town of Gordon where she had been held captive, about 100km north of her home in Barron.

"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. The FBI, DCI and the crime lab and our agents are still on the ground, working it, conducting interviews with neighborhood (residents), friends, family, anybody that might know anything".

"I don't understand it yet myself", Fitzgerald said. "I was like this little girl just learning how to ride a bicycle again". "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household". He said she was largely silent.

However, authorities believe that Jake Patterson acted alone in kidnapping Jayme Closs and murdering her parents James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.

"We did a neighborhood canvass, and there were other houses around where Jayme was".

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Closs was spotted by a woman on a street in Gordon, Wisconsin, Thursday, and she immediately sought help for the teen, who was later taken to a hospital.

Elizabeth Smart, who was held captive for nine months as a teenager after her 2002 abduction in Utah, posted a photo of Closs on Instagram, praising the "miracle" that she had been found.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, "he killed my parents and took me", said another neighbour, Kristin Kasinskas.

"I'm going to give her the biggest hug and tell her that I'm here for her and that I love her very much", she said on the morning show.

Such support will be crucial as Jayme acclimates to life since her escape, Smart added. Officials determined Closs was inside the home when her parents were murdered, but then the trail went cold.

Her uncle, Jeff Closs, told KARE News the family had "thought it was going to be a different ending". They said there is nothing to indicate that he knew or had contact with the family before the incident, and said they do not know how he came to fixate on Jayme.

"I have accomplished getting over fears".

"I can't wait to get my arms around her".

Jayme was hospitalized, and later released and reunited with her relatives and dog, Molly, in Barron.

Her discovery led to the arrest of suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, who police said was driving around searching for the girl. But they haven't been able to find any connection between him and the Closs family. The authorities did not offer any details about the conditions of her captivity or how she had managed to escape. Hope, to never give up.

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