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Jayme Closs: authorities search for motive in 'tragic' kidnapping case

Jayme Closs: authorities search for motive in 'tragic' kidnapping case

GORDON, United States: A 21-year-old man has been charged with murdering the parents of an American teen as part of a calculated plot to kidnap her, police said Friday, after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found alive following three months in captivity.

Jayme had been missing for almost three months Thursday when she approached a stranger near the small, isolated north woods town of Gordon and pleaded for help.

Jake Thomas Patterson is being held on kidnapping and homicide charges after his arrest Thursday.

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know Denise or Jim", Naiberg said.

Authorities say that the Closs family did now know Jake Patterson.

On Thursday evening, the sheriff's department announced that Jayme had been located after she managed to escape her alleged abductor almost 90 days after she went missing.

Naiberg, Jayme's grandfather, said he spent a few hours with her on Friday. She told cops she met him three weeks earlier on an "online chat site".

"It's a bad feeling when you don't know where your kid is but I don't know how I would react if I was to have mine walk through that door".

Fitzgerald says authorities don't know of any social media connection between Patterson and the girl.

Mrs Kasinskas told the Press she had not seen him on their street or in town since high school, describing him as "a quiet kid".

Patterson's initial court date is Monday.

Patterson grew up in Gordon, a sprawling township of 645 people tucked into the snowy evergreen forests about 35 miles (55 kilometers) south of Lake Superior. It's wild country; roadside signs admonish motorists to share the pavement with ATVs.

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Mr Patterson was interviewed by Douglas County officials and then transported to the Barron County jail. Police said Patterson had ties to Barron but did not elaborate.

It's believed that Jayme was held captive at that same remote woodland cabin after her abduction in October from her family home in Barron.

According to a neighbor, Patterson's parents moved away but the two sons continued to use the home. Neighbour Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the parents moved away but that Patterson and his older brother, Erik, continued to stay in the cabin. He said she was largely silent.

"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.

Her discovery led to the arrest of suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, who police said was driving around searching for the girl.

Jayme was pictured smiling alongside her relieved aunt Jennifer Naiberg Smith, who gave permission for the image to be used after their emotional reunion.

The Kasinskas said Jayme's emotions were "pretty flat" while they waited for the police and she refused offers of food and water. "We can't be more proud of Jayme". Smith wrote that the family faces a long road to recover from the ordeal.

Jayme's aunt Sue Allard told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune that she could barely express her joy after learning the news. "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam".

Fitzgerald said Patterson had ties to Barron, Wisconsin, where Closs lived with her parents, but wouldn't elaborate.

"I've always been a glass half-full kind of guy", Sheriff Fitzgerald said at the time. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them".

Patterson had worked for less than two days at a turkey processing plant where Closs' parents worked, but the sheriff said he did not have any contact with them.