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Jayme Closs' family expresses pride, relief after 13-year-old's return home

Jayme Closs' family expresses pride, relief after 13-year-old's return home

"This family has always had this unbelievable strength, they've always been there for each other long before this happened", she said.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters on Friday that Patterson took measures to avoid leaving evidence at the Closs family's home, including shaving his head before breaking in. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating.

A mysterious phone call early on October 15 led authorities to discover that Jayme's parents - James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46 - had been shot dead at their home near the small town of Barron in northwestern Wisconsin. Nutter went to leave, only to return to the cabin to put on anti-slip cleats over her shoes.

"I'm lost, and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Nutter recalled Jayme saying before she brought the girl to the Kasinskas' home.

"We believe Jayme was the target, and he (Patterson) was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her", Fitzgerald said.

"She told me who she was and then that's when I said this child needs to be someplace safe and you need to get her there now", Nutter said.

Jake Patterson, 21, has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping over the incident.

The teenager said she was being held captive by someone in a home nearby who "killed my parents and took me", Kasinskas told CNN last week. 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.




Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, who helped rescue Closs, described the girl as "dirty", "thin" and "really exhausted and run down" after she escaped the hell house Thursday.

Jayme was missing for almost three months and police collected more than 3,500 tips but no hard leads emerged.

"She hadn't taken a bath for weeks if at all", added Peter. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

"He was very quiet, not a troublemaker that I can remember".

"I think he was my student", she recalled saying.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, is set to make his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Barron County Circuit Court.

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.

She was rescued by police in Sandy, Utah, on March 12, 2003, when witnesses recognized her from an episode of "America's Most Wanted". "What a great feeling to have her home".