Elizabeth Smart offers advice to kidnapped teen Jayme Closs

15 January, 2019, 00:14 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Jayme Closs was reunited with her aunt Jennifer Naiberg Smith after the ordeal

Investigators believe the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs killed her parents to clear the way for him to abduct her, a sheriff said Saturday.

Authorities have said Patterson's goal the night he broke into the Closs' home was to kidnap Jayme, but it's unclear how Patterson became aware of her, especially since he lived an hour away.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, ' " Kasinskas told CNN's Poppy Harlow. "I quickened my pace and got to her, and she just sort of fell into me and said, 'I'm Jayme.' And I said, 'I know'".

Little has been revealed about Jayme's ordeal since her abduction in mid-October, although more details could come Monday when Patterson is expected to be charged.

And to ensure she was trapped, Jayme told officials he would stack containers with heavy weights around the bed "so she could not move them without his being able to detect it".

At the First Lutheran Church of Barron, it was the talk of the chapel: Jayme Closs is home. Jayme said she had escaped from Patterson's cabin nearby.

Jayme escaped last Thursday after three months in captivity, say police.

Nutter objected to a media report that described Jayme as being "dirty", but she said the girl clearly wasn't appropriately dressed for being outside and was obviously in distress.

Aunts, cousins and more of her family members will be in court in Wisconsin when Patterson makes his first court appearance, family member Angela De Andriano told CNN. Ms Closs complied and then Patterson shot her, the complaint said.

'Right now at this point in time, I feel that it's very, very vital for her to build those relationships with her family because, unfortunately, her family was brutally torn apart, ' Smart said.


Sheriff Fitzgerald says Patterson made extensive preparations to kidnap Jayme Closs.

The answers to some of those questions could come later Monday, when her alleged kidnapper appears in court and when authorities may release the criminal complaint against him.

Photos of the Wisconsin cabin where a man suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs allegedly held the teenager show an unfinished ceiling, a three-car garage and an empty box of adult female diapers in the trash.

There is no evidence in the early stages of the investigation that links Patterson to the parents or to Jayme, Fitzgerald said.

Then on Thursday, a woman walking her dog spotted Jayme on a road near Gordon, a town about an hour's drive north of Barron.

Patterson told police he had no idea who Jayme was, but "the defendant states, when he saw (Jayme) he knew that was the girl he was going to take". "Ultimately it comes down to the decisions and the choices that you make that define who you are", she said. "I asked her "who had you" and 'where did they have you?' I asked her about the vehicle, she said 'red auto, Jake Patterson.' One of the first things I said when I was on with 911, Jake Patterson, Jayme, this is real".

On. Jan. 10 Jayme told investigators Patterson meant to be gone for several hours.

On Oct. 15, Patterson allegedly used a gun to shoot open the door of the Closs home in Barron. Jayme was nowhere to be found. Patterson quit, saying he was moving from the area, according to the company.

Fitzgerald has called Jayme a hero.

Charging documents could shed more light on the case. "A lot of the things that I went through, I was very embarrassed of, I was ashamed of, I didn't want people to know what I'd been through and I can only imagine that she, too, feels the same way".

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