Charges expected Monday in Jayme Closs case

Jake Thomas Patterson is accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and killing her parents during a home invasion

Jake Thomas Patterson is accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and killing her parents during a home invasion

Smart, who is married and now 31, said that although the details of Jayme's ordeal have not been released, the fact that the girl "rescued herself" speaks volumes of her strength.

Her grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press that Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she doesn't know Patterson at all.

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.

Jayme was hospitalized, and later released and reunited with her relatives and dog, Molly, in Barron. "Now I pray that she can handle this and get her life back together", Schoenecker added.

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

Closs instead waited for Patterson to leave the secluded cabin where he had been keeping her, then escaped and ran to a nearby road where she was found by Jeanne Nutter, who had been walking her dog.

He faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for killing Closs' parents and one count of kidnapping, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Friday.

The secluded Gordon home where Patterson held Closs captive.

Shortly before 1 a.m. that night, 911 dispatchers got a call during which they could hear yelling, but no one talked to the dispatcher.

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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.

"She looked thin", Nutter said. "Don't ask me how I stayed so calm".

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.

"He was very quiet, not a troublemaker that I can remember". I just wanted her to be calm. He did well in class, he was a good student. "I work on adoptions and with foster kids".

"When she wants information, we'll give it to her; and when she wants to tell us things, we'll take it from her", he said.

"Now they know their Jayme, [who] was their whole world, is home with family".

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911. Police showed up about 20 to 30 minutes later.

Jayme described Patterson's vehicle to law enforcement officers and they found him soon after, driving the streets, allegedly hunting her. He wasn't very far away when police found him, Kasinskas said.

"This is the nightmare case that we all, as parents, family members ... dread", FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo said. "We realized he was in the neighborhood coming back for her".

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