Girl has no link to kidnapper: Grandfather

14 January, 2019, 03:39 | Author: Sheila Harris
  • Jayme Closs 13 managed to escape a remote cabin where she had been held against her will after her parents were killed

The grandfather of a USA girl who was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead says the family has no connection to the suspect and doesn't understand why he targeted her, deepening a mystery that has captivated the nation.

Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of shooting and killing Jayme's parents before abducting the 13-year-old at her northwestern Wisconsin home on October 15.

Jayme Closs' suspected kidnapper had no prior criminal record, however, detectives are now looking into his brother who was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating.

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg reiterated Saturday that the family had no connection with Patterson and didn't know him.

One aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook Saturday that it was great to know Jayme was next to her all night and that it was a "great feeling to have her home".

Residents who knew Patterson described him as quiet. (But) he knew what he was doing.

Patterson is scheduled to go to court Monday where he is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. Investigators are trying to determine whether he worked at another job in the area.

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.

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. 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. Did he take things with her?

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There was no sign of Jayme until she was found "skinny and dirty" on Thursday by a dog walker in a town 65 miles away from her home.

The Kasinskas said Jayme's emotions were "pretty flat" while they waited for the police and she refused offers of food and water. "It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!"

Another Aunt, Sue Allard, said she could barely express her joy after learning the news.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, ' " Kasinskas told CNN's Poppy Harlow. "She did not talk about why or how".

Authorities say that the Closs family did now know Jake Patterson. In the conference uploaded by WEAU, the Fitzgerald said that Jayme was reunited with her aunt at the hospital and was also reunited later that evening with the rest of her family.

Jayme was found Thursday outside the rural community of Gordon, where Patterson was holding her against her will in his home, authorities said.

"When we talk to kids, we talk about if someone is breaking your safety rules, you look for someone who is not breaking your safety rules, so Jayme escaped and went to the first person she saw and said that she needed help", Straub said. "Believe me, so are we".

"We have recovered a gun consistent with what was used at the scene of the initial homicide", said the sheriff.

Less than 15 minutes later, Jake Patterson, 21, was in custody after police pulled over his vehicle, based on Closs' description.

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