The Story of Jayme Closs’ Escape From the Man Who Kidnapped Her and Killed Her Dad and mom Stays Unbelievable

Barron County Sheriff’s Dept

Jayme Closs‘ story seems like a nightmare that, in opposition to all odds, concluded with the miraculous.

Answering the prayers of her household and a complete metropolis that hoped she would come dwelling, the 13-year-old is alive, having managed to flee her abductor three interminably lengthy months after her dad and mom had been killed of their Wisconsin dwelling.

Jake Thomas Patterson was sentenced to life in jail Friday after pleading responsible in March to 2 counts of intentional murder and one depend of kidnapping.

Based on NBC Information, Jayme stayed away however mentioned in a press release learn in courtroom by legal professional Chris Gramstrup: “He stole my dad and mom from me. He stole virtually the whole lot I liked from me. For 88 days he tried to steal me and he did not care who he harm or who he killed to do this. He ought to keep locked up without end. 

“He cannot take my freedom. He thought he may personal me, however he was improper. I used to be smarter. I watched his routine and I took again my freedom. I’ll at all times have my freedom and he is not going to.”

Barron County Circuit Court docket Decide James Babler, calling Patterson “the embodiment of evil,” already denied his legal professional’s request that he be eligible for supervised launch in 2072.

“I am going to simply say that I’d do, like, completely something to take again what I did. I’d die,” a visibly emotional Patterson mentioned in courtroom. “I do not care about me, I simply am sorry. That is all.”

What occurred to Jayme throughout these torturous 88 days earlier than she was present in January is unfathomable, however the actual fact that she is now with members of the family and on the highway to restoration was an unexpectedly pleased ending to this story. Most kids who go lacking, if they have been kidnapped by a predator, do not come again in any respect if they are not discovered within the first 24 hours.

Not occasionally, there may be some disagreement or confusion in these crucial first few hours as as to whether a toddler has really been kidnapped—and in 2018, lower than 1 p.c of 25,000 missing-children instances that concerned regulation enforcement had been categorized as nonfamily abductions, in line with the Nationwide Heart for Lacking & Exploited Youngsters. 

However there was no misunderstanding in regards to the scene that greeted regulation enforcement within the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2018.

Jake Thomas Patterson, Jayme Closs Case

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Responding to a 911 name that got here in at roughly 12:53 a.m. from a then-unknown individual, Barron County Sheriff’s deputies arrived on the dwelling of James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, at roughly 1 a.m. Each had been useless from gunshot wounds, Denise within the bathtub and James by the entrance door. Their daughter, Jayme, was nowhere to be discovered. It appeared that somebody had damaged in by means of the entrance door, and no gun was present in the home.

A number of 12-gauge shotgun shells had been discovered, one on the bottom subsequent to the steps exterior the entrance door, one close to James’ physique inside and one within the hallway straight in entrance of the toilet.

Authorities dispatched drones and canine and utilized infrared tools to go looking the realm, and later that day investigators went to Jayme’s center faculty, the place she danced and ran monitor, to assemble extra info. An Amber Alert was additionally issued for the 100-pound, 5′-tall teen, however that they had no car info to go along with it.

“On the finish of the day, I need a 13-year-old right here secure and sound,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald advised reporters. “That is our purpose. That is our solely purpose proper now.” 

Jayme was not thought-about a suspect in her dad and mom’ dying, authorities shortly confirmed.

Among the many greater than 200 ideas that poured in inside two days, the Miami Police Division launched an alert the night time of Oct. 15 woman matching Jayme’s description had been seen at a gasoline station with two well-dressed, bearded males driving a black Ford Explorer with a Wisconsin license plate. “In case you have any info please name 911 instantly,” Miami PD tweeted.

However what at first seemed like a promising lead did not quantity to something. Per week later, authorities launched two extra descriptions of autos of curiosity, a black Acura MDX or Ford Edge and a crimson or orange Dodge Challenger.

Deputies now know that they did see the automotive that Barron County prosecutors say carried Jayme away from her dwelling that night time; they handed proper by it as they approached the Closses’ home, in line with courtroom paperwork.

Home, Jayme Closs Case

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Since deputies did not know the character of the decision they had been responding to but, they had no purpose to drag that automotive over. Barron County Sheriff’s Deputy Jon Fick later acknowledged that he remembered passing a maroon car that, to him, gave the impression to be an older mannequin Ford Taurus, at the hours of darkness that night time. It was the one automotive he noticed coming from that course.

In the meantime, along with a lacking woman, regulation enforcement additionally had a double murder on their palms.

A vigil was held at a church within the Barron County village of Cameron for James, Denise and Jayme on the night time of Oct. 16 as folks within the close-knit group held out hope for the kid’s secure return. Blue (Jayme’s favourite coloration) and inexperienced (representing missing-child consciousness) ribbons had been handed out to the gang. 

Greater than 100 volunteers unfold out on the bottom to seek for Jayme on Oct. 18. By then over 1,200 ideas had are available in and he or she topped the FBI’s Lacking Individuals checklist.

Volunteer Search, Jayme Closs Case

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The next Monday, Oct. 22, the sheriff’s division posted on Fb a request for two,000 volunteers (simply over three,300 folks whole stay in Barron, as of 2017) to assist re-sweep the realm, beginning with the land across the Closs home off of US Freeway eight.

One other vigil, dubbed “A Gathering of Hope,” was held for Jayme on the Barron Excessive College soccer stadium.

Chris Kroeze, Jayme Closs Vigil

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Fitzgerald mentioned at a information convention on Oct. 24 that greater than 2,000 folks did certainly end up to assist.

“Jayme, not a second goes by after we aren’t pondering of you, and praying for you,” the kid’s aunt Jennifer Smith, Denise Closs’ sister, learn a press release for the cameras. One other aunt, Suzi Allard, stood subsequent to her holding the Closs household canine, which was on the home when deputies discovered Denise and James.

“Your loved ones and buddies miss you a lot, your glowing eyes, your shiny smile, your smooth little giggles,” Smith continued. “Your canine, Molly, is ready for you. She’s sleeping in considered one of your sweatshirts and can solely eat hen. Grandpa wants new paintings on his fridge. Aunt Suzi desires to go jogging within the park with you, and I need that women’ procuring date we deliberate. I even introduced your favourite iced espresso with me right this moment,” Smith added, holding up a bottled Frappuccino. “To whoever might know the place Jayme is, please contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Division.

“Jayme, we want you right here with us, to fill that gap we have now in our hearts. All of us love you, to the moon and again, and we’ll by no means cease in search of you.”

Jayme Closs Aunts, Jennifer Smith, Susie Allard, Jayme's Dog Molly

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On Nov. 1, Sheriff Fitzgerald reiterated that discovering Jayme remained his division’s number-one precedence and inspired folks to maintain sending in ideas, however they had been scaling again the bottom search, which had been ongoing 24/7, to pursue a extra focused plan of action. The reward for info to assist discover Jayme reached $50,000, with $25,000 coming from the FBI and $25,000 from the Jennie-O Turkey Retailer, the place the Closses labored.

The vacations got here and went, with no signal of her. The city put up a tree embellished with inexperienced and blue lights, the colour pairing a frequent sight throughout Barron, on ribbons, balloons, T-shirts and different indicators that the group was nonetheless invested in bringing Jayme dwelling.

On Jan. 9, Smith—who had been posting about Jayme on a near-daily foundation since she vanished—marked day 87 of her niece’s disappearance on Fb, writing that she was praying every single day and would by no means surrender the search. She even had Christmas presents ready for her.

On Jan. 10, day 88, Jayme was discovered, alive.

Jeanne Nutter was returning to her cabin in Gordon, Wis.—about an hour’s drive from Barron—after taking her canine, Henry, out for a stroll when a “skinny” and “raveled” woman, carrying a sweatshirt, black leggings and tennis sneakers on the improper toes, approached her at round four:10 p.m. and recognized herself as Jayme Closs. Nutter remembers it being about 20 levels out on the time.

“She mentioned ‘I do not know the place I’m’ a few instances,” Nutter, a former social employee, recalled to reporters. “All I may say to myself was, ‘be calm, hold her calm.'” Nutter knocked on a neighbor’s door and requested Peter and Kristin Kasinskas to name 911.

“It was like seeing a ghost in entrance of me,” Peter Kasinskas advised 48 Hours, saying he knew straight away it was Jayme from seeing her face on TV and billboards for months.

Kristin Kasinskas advised an area Fox station, “When our neighbor Jeanne got here in with Jayme, she mentioned, ‘Get a gun, we do not know if he is after us.’ So we had been armed and prepared in case this individual confirmed up.”

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was charged with intentional murder, kidnapping and armed housebreaking expenses. He confessed virtually straight away to fatally capturing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping Jayme, in line with the legal criticism filed in opposition to him in Barron County and revealed in full by the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, and he was initially held in lieu of $5 million cash-only bail. Two state public defenders had been appointed to symbolize him.

“This can be a very tragic state of affairs,” these attorneys, Charlie Glynn and Richard Jones, mentioned in a press release on Jan. 11 after getting Patterson’s case. “There’s a substantial quantity of knowledge, curiosity, and emotion concerned on this case. Mr. Patterson’s authorized staff can be counting on the integrity of our judicial system to insure that everybody’s rights are protected and revered.”

Relating to Patterson’s motive, “there’ll come a time on this continuing when that query can be answered,” Jones advised the Related Press. Glynn mentioned he wasn’t positive their consumer would be capable of get a good trial in Wisconsin. Neither commented on their consumer’s psychological state.

Their consumer reduce a deal two months later. In a letter despatched to an area NBC affiliate, Patterson wrote, “The explanation I did that is difficult. Nobody will consider or may even think about how sorry I’m for hurting Jayme this a lot. Cannot categorical it.” He claimed that he advised the police a lot straight away to spare Jayme the difficulty of getting to be interviewed by police, however she was anyway.

The main points that began to emerge about Jayme’s terrifying ordeal and the way she managed to flee from an remoted cabin in Gordon the place Patterson held the teenager prisoner for 3 months, 77 miles away from her personal home, had been nothing in need of unbelievable.

“She’s 13 years previous, and for those who learn the legal criticism, you may see the quantity of management that he was exerting over her,” Barron County District Legal professional Brian Wright mentioned about Jayme’s ordeal in January. “And in some unspecified time in the future, she discovered it inside herself at 13 years previous to say, ‘I’ll get myself out of this example.’ I feel it is unbelievable.”

“I knew she was shut and I by no means gave up that hope,” Jennifer Smith, cuddling Molly (the canine was nonetheless sporting a collar studying “discover Jayme Closs”), advised 48 Hours. She and Jayme reunited on Jan. 11. The following day she wrote on Fb, “It will likely be an extended highway, however we’re household robust and we love this little woman a lot!!”

“The desire of a 13-year-old woman is what broke this case,” Fitzgerald additionally advised 48 Hours’ Peter Van Sant. As for Patterson, the sheriff heard “he was sitting in his cell—lookin’ on the wall, all by himself.”

Peter Kasinskas advised the AP he thought Jayme deserved the reward cash as a result of “she received herself out.”

As for the 48-second 911 name that introduced deputies to the Closs dwelling on Oct. 15, Fitzgerald mentioned that you might barely hear the voice on the cellphone, however there gave the impression to be “plenty of motion” within the background. Deputies arrived inside 4 minutes, he mentioned. Stories have mentioned callback to the quantity reached Denise Closs’ voicemail.

Patterson advised investigators he was solely there for about 4 minutes whole, in line with the legal criticism.

Prosecutors state that Patterson advised authorities he had been driving to work at some point when he noticed Jayme board the college bus in entrance of him, and he determined then and there he was going to take her. Per the criticism, he mentioned he then drove to her home twice, placing “fairly a little bit of thought into the small print of how he was going to abduct her,” earlier than really doing so on Oct. 15. 

“He ready himself to attempt to beat the forensics…of regulation enforcement,” Fitzgerald advised 48 Hours. “Issues like he reduce his hair all off, in order that he would not depart hint proof of his hair.” Nor did investigators discover any fingerprints.

“This can be a true thriller,” Fitzgerald added. “We consider the primary time they met was the night time of the incident.”

Certain sufficient, prosecutors say Patterson advised authorities he did not know Jayme’s title till he took her, or her dad and mom’ names till he noticed stories in regards to the killings afterward.

Jake Thomas Patterson Mug shot, Jayme Closs Case

Baron County Sheriff’s Division

Patterson’s mug shot reveals a pale younger man with a receding hairline and carefully buzzed haircut, carrying glasses. He was reportedly voted the “most quiet boy” of his graduating highschool class in 2015. Former classmates advised the Journal Sentinel that they did not keep in mind Patterson going to promenade or collaborating within the commencement ceremony, and he wasn’t within the senior class photograph. 

“How did he get like this?” one classmate puzzled. “He simply disappeared after highschool.”

“No person had any clues up till this factor occurred,” Patterson’s maternal grandfather, Jim Moyer, advised ABC Information in January. His grandson was a “good boy, well mannered,” Moyer continued. “Pc video games had been extra of a precedence than social interplay.” He added, “No person will ever know what went on in his thoughts. I am unable to fathom something in his life that would change him so drastically. It must be some sort of a twist within the mindset.”

Their household was “completely heartbroken,” Moyer mentioned. “It is wrenching to take care of.”

“All I care about proper now’s Jayme’s household,” Jake’s father, Patrick Patterson, advised CNN on the courthouse after his son’s arrest. “I wish to get them a word.” He did not wish to say the rest.

Patterson’s dad and mom divorced in 2007. He has an older brother and an older sister.

Jayme’s grandfather Robert Naiberg advised the AP, in the meantime, that he appreciated the sentiment from Patterson’s household. “You may’t blame the dad and mom,” Naiberg mentioned. “A man turns into 21 years previous, and generally it isn’t how he was raised or something.”

Investigators had at first proceeded pondering that Denise and James had been the targets, however the one connection discovered between Patterson and Jayme’s dad and mom had been that he had labored for at some point, three years beforehand, on the turkey processing plant the place they had been supervisors. Sweeps of all of the Closs household’s units discovered nothing having to do with Patterson, both.

Patterson would not have a legal file or a historical past of any hassle with the regulation. He had utilized for a job on-line the day Jayme escaped. The shotgun that investigators consider to be the homicide weapon was discovered within the search of Patterson’s property, the place he appeared to have lived alone, although quite a few previous vehicles had been parked within the yard.

“There’s not a lot up in Gordon,” Fitzgerald advised 48 Hours. “Couple gasoline stations and a few bars in Gordon—if that. So it is a very, very small city.”

Jayme Closs Case, Cabin

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Photographs mentioned to be from contained in the cabin obtained by present a basement room containing some packing containers, in addition to a mattress, an opulent stuffed pig, make-up and girls’s garments.

Based on a transcript of the decision obtained by CNN, when Kristin Kasinskas known as 911 on Jan. 10, Nutter received on the cellphone and gave them Patterson’s title and talked about his cabin was near hers, which is why she did not take Jayme again to her place. Jayme had recognized her abductor as Jake Patterson and advised Nutter that he killed her dad and mom.

The dispatcher requested her what Jayme’s situation was, and Nutter replied, “I feel shock and chilly. And shock.”

Requested if she knew about his work or car, Nutter mentioned, “He would not work, and I requested [Jayme] what sort of automotive it was. It is crimson—he was within the navy—it is a crimson automotive.” The girl defined that she and her husband solely went to their cabin just a few instances a 12 months, and in 4 years Patterson had “by no means been pleasant” or talked to her, although their properties had been off the identical highway.

“I do not even know what he appears to be like like,” Nutter mentioned.

About Patterson being within the navy—he was prematurely discharged after 5 weeks of the 13-week Marine boot camp in 2015 as a result of the “character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and requirements,” a Marine Corp. spokesman confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel. The Related Press reported that Patterson had lied about his navy service on a job software to work for Saratoga Liquor Co. in Superior, Wis., that he submitted on Jan. 10. The applicant had written that he served within the Marines for 9 months in 2017.

The work he was referring to when he noticed Jayme getting on the college bus in October was at a cheese plant. He give up after working there for 2 days.

A number of Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and sergeants confirmed up and secured the Kasinskas dwelling. Per the criticism, a Deputy Dittbrender left with Jayme, whereas a Sgt. Engelman following in his squad automotive. Dittbrender later recounted that they quickly noticed a crimson automotive, however Jayme could not make sure it was the automotive. She contacted Sgt. Engelman and a Sgt. Derosia, who had remained on the Kasinskas home.

Engleman ran the license plate and discovered that the automotive was registered to a Katie Patterson. Derosia received in his automotive and waited for the car to cross and, when it did, he noticed that the driving force’s aspect taillight and license plate mild was damaged. He adopted the automotive and, simply because it was passing the driveway matching the tackle on the car registration, pulled Patterson over. Engleman pulled up and approached the passenger aspect. 

“I did it,” Patterson mentioned as he received out of the automotive, in line with Derosia.

Jayme says she was tied up within the trunk of the Taurus when three patrol vehicles, sirens on and lights flashing, handed it that night time. Actually, the Taurus’ driver yielded to them, in line with Patterson and the deputies who responded to the decision.

Per the legal criticism, Jayme advised investigators she may hear the sirens passing from the trunk; her wrists and ankles had been certain with tape and a chunk of tape lined her mouth. Patterson advised authorities he had been carrying a black masks when he shot the Closses and took Jayme, however eliminated the masks when he began driving. He had beforehand eliminated the emergency twine from the within of the trunk that is there for somebody trapped inside to drag on, and was driving with a stolen license plate. 

He had been driving for possibly 20 seconds, he mentioned, when he noticed the sheriff’s autos.

If he had been stopped, he “almost definitely would have shot on the police,” he mentioned.

Sign, Jayme Closs Case

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Jayme advised authorities that she awakened when she heard Molly barking and noticed a automotive pulling into their driveway. She awakened her dad and mom and he or she and her mom, seeing a person by means of the glass holding a gun, went to cover within the bathtub whereas her dad went to the door.

Patterson advised investigators that he began banging on the door and heard James Closs ask to see his badge, apparently assuming he was a police officer. He may see James by means of the glass panel within the wood entrance door, so he aimed and fired at his head. Then he shot on the doorknob to get in.

From the tub, Jayme and her mother heard the gunshot that killed her father, the teenager mentioned. They had been within the tub, the bathe curtain drawn round them, when her mother known as 911 from her mobile phone, she continued, however Patterson broke down the toilet door and advised her to hold up.

Based on the criticism, Patterson advised authorities he then ordered Denise to place tape over her daughter’s mouth, which she did, after which he shot Denise within the head.

The suspect drew a diagram of the Closs dwelling and indicated how he received out and in of the home, in addition to the place he killed Denise and James, the criticism states.

Jayme additional recalled to authorities being within the automotive for about two hours till they arrived on the cabin. Jayme mentioned that Patterson ordered her to enter his bed room and take off her garments, which he then stuffed in a bag, saying one thing about not eager to have proof. She mentioned she did not know what he did together with her garments.

Patterson advised detectives that Jayme had moist herself within the trunk so he had her change right into a pair of his sister’s pajamas. He took her garments, the duct tape and gloves he wore that night time and threw them in a wooden hearth within the basement, he mentioned.

Patterson generally had folks over and would make her cover below his twin-size mattress, Jayme advised authorities, warning her that “dangerous issues would occur to her” if anybody came upon she was there. He stacked baggage and laundry bins pinned down with the kind of weights you slip onto barbells across the mattress, to make sure she would not attempt to emerge, telling her he’d be capable of inform if she was making an attempt to get out if the stacks had been moved in any respect. He would play loud music so she may by no means hear what was occurring, Jayme mentioned.

The teenager alleged he made her keep below the mattress for as much as 12 hours at a time, with no meals, water or journey to the toilet. On one event, Jayme mentioned, Patterson hit her “‘actually onerous'” on the again with the deal with of some kind of cleansing device when he was mad and warned her that if she did it once more (she could not keep in mind what “it” was), subsequent time the punishment could be worse.

On Jan. 10, Patterson advised her he’d be gone for 5 – 6 hours and stashed her below the mattress. Throughout that point, Jayme managed to push the heavy objects out of the best way, placed on a pair of Patterson’s sneakers and depart the home. Fortunately, she noticed Jeanne Nutter.

The retired youngster protecting providers employee met Jayme’s household just a few days after the woman was reunited with them.

“It was fantastic,” Nutter advised CBS Information’ Gayle King. “I can solely think about what they have been by means of. Actually, I really feel privileged that I had this little piece of, you recognize, the puzzle of discovering Jayme.”

Jayme Closs


Tragically, Jayme not has her dad and mom, however the remainder of her household is past overjoyed to be together with her.

Jenninfer Smith has been appointed her authorized guardian. “My new little sister,” Jennifer’s daughter Lindsey Smith known as her cousin in a sit-down with Gayle King.

Smith, who had described feeling as if there was a gap in her coronary heart whereas Jayme was lacking, “cannot cease smiling,” Lynn Closs, one other aunt, advised King. “It is such an awesome, superb pleased ending to such a horrible starting.”

Aunt Suzi Allard mentioned their precedence was guaranteeing that Jayme felt secure. “She feels secure,” she mentioned. “She’s doing fairly properly.”

And they’re actually not dashing Jayme to speak about her ordeal, although after all they—and the remainder of the world—have questions.

“In due time,” Allard mentioned. “We have now to take little steps. Jayme, when she’s prepared to speak, she is going to.” Added Lynn Closs, “If she desires to be pleased, let her be pleased. If she desires to be foolish, let her be foolish. We gotta let her name the pictures proper now.”

Furthermore, Lynn mentioned, “The factor I needed to precise to her instantly, and all of us do, is the satisfaction we have now in her for doing this. For getting out. For making it. For the ability that she has. You recognize, I imply, that she took the ability away from this man. That she did this. I imply, it is simply unbelievable.”

Jayme Closs' aunt Kelly Engelhardt, Court

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The story of Jayme’s escape captivated numerous folks, together with now 31-year-old Elizabeth Good, who was 14 when she was kidnapped from her bed room in her household’s Utah dwelling and held prisoner for 9 months by the hands of Brian David Mitchell, who’s now in jail serving a life sentence. Good was out in public with Mitchell when a passerby acknowledged her and known as police. When officers first approached the teenager, she initially denied being Elizabeth Good out of stone-cold worry.

“To undergo the whole lot she has gone by means of, and to have misplaced her dad and mom on high of all of it I hope she feels the love and assist of the nation,” Good wrote about Closs on Instagram. “I additionally hope that as time passes as she is questioned sooner or later by individuals who won’t ever perceive what it’s prefer to be a captive and to be kidnapped she by no means questions herself. She made all the proper selections.

Elizabeth Smart


“I’ve typically been requested with regard to my very own story questions like, ‘why did not you run? Why did not you scream? Why did not you escape?’ And I at all times felt extremely defensive about these questions as a result of every time an individual began with the phrases ‘why did not you…’ it felt like they had been saying ‘you need to have…” I did the whole lot I needed to to outlive, and I do not remorse any alternative I made. I pray Jayme by no means feels these emotions or will get requested these sorts of questions, but when she does I hope she remembers she is a hero, she is powerful, she did nothing improper, she is a survivor, and I can be cheering her on each step she takes!!! I additionally hope that this can be a reminder to everybody that there are nonetheless 1000’s of lacking youngsters who deserve the prospect of life and none of us ought to ever cease wanting!!!!”

In April Good hosted the Lifetime particular Good Justice: The Jayme Closs Case, which featured her and 6 different kidnapping survivors sharing their distinctive views on the teenager’s state of affairs.

Good additionally talked about assembly Jayme and her household off-camera. “I may see straightaway that she was a really shy woman,” she mentioned. “I may sense she did not know who I used to be, however why would she? She wasn’t even born once I was kidnapped.”

Jayme’s uncle Michael Closs, brother of her late father James, advised the Inexperienced Bay Press Gazette in February that the household was “doing nice.”

“Jayme is doing actual properly. We’re actually assured within the courtroom system,” he continued.

Household good friend Michelle Saffert advised CBS Information, “I feel that if she must be with a gaggle of individuals that may love her and assist her for the remainder of her life, she’s within the excellent household to do this.”

Jennifer Smith and different members of the family painted a grimmer image Friday in courtroom, the place they emphasised the harm Patterson had accomplished in sufferer impression statements.

“She would not have a standard 13-year-old life,” Smith mentioned about her niece. “We now stay in worry every single day, watch our backs, have dwelling safety, do not feel secure.”

Jayme Closs

Barron County Sheriff’s Dept

The truth that Jayme was discovered could not assist however encourage hope in others, nevertheless, even these whose window to rationalize a cheerful ending might have seemingly closed. 

#HOPE Such nice information! Jayme is an instance of why we by no means lose hope and by no means cease looking out,” learn a Jan. 10 put up on the Discover Madeleine McCann Fb web page. Madeleine was three when she disappeared from her household’s resort room whereas they had been vacationing in Portugal in 2007. Her dad and mom, Jerry and Kate McCann of England mentioned in 2017 that they’ve by no means stopped in search of her.

Jake Patterson advised authorities he thought he had gotten away with taking Jayme when two weeks glided by and he hadn’t been caught. He mentioned he “by no means would have been caught if he would have deliberate the whole lot completely.”

(Initially revealed Jan. 20, 2019, at three a.m. PT)

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