Cameron church celebrates safe return of Jayme Closs

Jake Thomas Patterson

The interior of Jake Patterson's house, where Jayme Closs was held captive for 88 days.

The adults knew Closs's accused captor also is believed to have killed the girl's parents - so they weren't about to take any chances, they said.

The sheriff calls it "a very well-planned out attack".

Nutter explained that she didn't want to go into her cabin because she's not there all the time, and the suspect, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, might think to stop there to look for Jayme if he saw Nutter's auto. They claim Patterson shaved his head to avoid being recognised or associated with the crime.

Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron.

For months they had been praying Jayme was safe and would return home to her friends and family.

Although Jayme had disappeared, investigators said they initially "keyed in" on the parents because the daughter was an innocent child who they didn't believe could be targeted. No one on the line talked to the dispatcher, but the dispatcher "could hear a lot of yelling".

She took Closs to a nearby home where the residents, Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, called 991. Nutter said she was alarmed that the teen wasn't wearing boots or gloves.

The two women hovered around Jayme as they waited for the police to arrive.

Nutter, who has a background as a social worker and who is a part-time academic advisor for the UW-Madison school of social work, was seemingly the ideal person to run into a distressed girl in need of immediate help. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

"This is the nightmare case that we all, as parents, family members ... dread", FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo said.

Kasinkas called 911, and eventually Nutter spoke to the dispatcher. "She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that". Officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme's description of his vehicle. He was being held in Barron County's jail on preliminary charges of intentional homicide and kidnapping, and will have an initial court appearance Monday.

"She's our little survivor", Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Naiburg Smith, said.

Nutter described Jayme's condition as "skinny and dirty but outwardly OK", saying her hair was matted. "I was the first one she gave a hug too".

Nutter, of Strum, left her home later that day than she wanted to.

"She looked thin", Nutter said.



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