Jayme Closs: authorities search for motive in 'tragic' kidnapping case

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A 21-year-old man killed a Wisconsin couple in a scheme to kidnap their teenage daughter, then held the girl captive for almost three months before she managed to escape and reach safety as he drove around looking for her, authorities said. Prosecutors anticipate filing homicide and kidnapping charges against him on Monday. It's wild country; roadside signs admonish motorists to share the pavement with ATVs.

They gave no details on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not home at the time. Police said Patterson had ties to Barron but did not elaborate.

Closs escaped 88 days of captivity - authorities have identified her suspected captor as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson - after he allegedly murdered her parents and kidnapped her. Closs gave neighbors and police a description of a auto that Patterson was said to be driving, and police captured the suspect quickly. Jayme, officials said, had escaped from a home while Patterson was out.

Her uncle, Jeff Closs, told KARE News the family had "thought it was going to be a different ending".

Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, said in a telephone interview on Saturday the only thing the family knows for sure is that no one knew Patterson. She escaped Thursday from a northwestern Wisconsin cabin where she'd been held.

Patterson's parents divorced in 2008, according to online court records. She said she never saw Patterson on her street or in town, and doesn't remember seeing him since he was in high school.

"It was like I was seeing a ghost", Mr Kasinskas told the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

The development was sealed off by police Saturday, preventing reporters from knocking on neighbours' doors. He was a member of the school's quiz bowl team, competing against other schools in tests of knowledge.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, citing neighbours, reported that Patterson had been raised in Gordon. He said Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she didn't know him at all.

Here's what we know so far about the case.

Police always said they believed Jayme was still alive.

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The small town of Gordon is about 40 miles (64km) south of Lake Superior and about 65 miles north of Jayme's hometown of Barron. It's unknown what he has done for a living since then.

Fitzgerald said Saturday that investigators remain at the home at which Jayme was believed to have been held, still actively searching for clues.

The suspect has no apparent online presence.

He wonders whether Patterson was somehow stalking Jayme. But he has kept a low profile.

"Call 911!" the dog walker told Kasinskas.

Patterson has no criminal history in Wisconsin but his brother has had multiple run-ins with the law, including convictions for marijuana possession, bail jumping and sexual assault, online court records show.

Multiple guns were recovered during the search warrant at the residence; including one shotgun that Sheriff Fitzgerald confirmed is consistent with the type of shotgun used at the Closs residence on the night that Jayme's parents were killed.

He may have worked at another business in Barron but that hasn't been confirmed, the sheriff said.

Patterson was the authorities´ only suspect, described as unemployed and a long-time resident of rural Gordon.

One of the businesses closest to the development is J&K's Halfway House Bar and Grille. "I think she was doing OK despite the circumstances", she said.

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