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Wisconsin kidnapping, killing suspect lived under the radar

Wisconsin kidnapping, killing suspect lived under the radar

The 13-year-old was missing when police arrived, leading to an intense manhunt that ended when she was found alive Thursday about 70 miles from her home.

Closs turned up almost three months after she was snatched by a man who fatally shot her parents so he could kidnap their daughter, according to law enforcement authorities.

The Patterson family moved to Gordon about 15 years ago and Jake and Erik were raised there and attended Minong High School, according to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.

Nutter said, "This is Jayme Closs!".

Newly released photos from the family of Jayme Closs say she is "full of big smiles" Saturday.

Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested on two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of kidnapping, police said on Friday.

Straub also said Jayme's case brings up the issue of victim privacy.

Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement officers had been searching around the clock for her after her parents were found shot dead in their home, the front door open and the girl gone.

Police believe Patterson - said to have hidden the girl in the home he grew up in - killed the Wisconsin couple because he wanted to abduct their daughter.

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

They gave no details on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not home at the time. Did he take things with her?

"Call 911!" the dog walker told Kasinskas.

Jayme Closs was missing for 88 days. 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.

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The terrified teenager was found by dog walker and social worker Jeanne Nutter, who said the girl begged for help and revealed her name.

Patterson was driving around in his vehicle when he was apprehended Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference.

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

Fitzgerald said Friday that authorities do not know how Patterson became aware of Closs, as he reportedly never had contact with her family. "We can't be more proud of Jayme".

Officials said Patterson had planned his actions and prepared for kidnapping the teen.

Closs was missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in the small, isolated town of Gordon and pleaded for help.

Residents who knew Patterson described him as quiet.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

Closs was reunited with her aunt and the rest of her family.

"On Monday, Jan. 14 ... at 3:30 p.m., the suspect will make his initial appearance in Barron County Circuit Court to be formally charged with two counts of first degree intentional homicide, and one count of kidnapping", he said.

"The million-dollar question is why", Fitzgerald said Saturday.

"They're probably experiencing a lot of feelings because although they're so overjoyed for the Closs family, there is still that, 'But I'm waiting for my loved one to come home, '" Straub said.