Jayme Closs case: Suspect saw parents as 'barrier' to kidnapping

Jayme Closs was reunited with her aunt Jennifer Naiberg Smith after the ordeal

Jayme Closs was reunited with her aunt Jennifer Naiberg Smith after the ordeal Credit AFP Getty Images

Investigators believe the goal of the assailant was to kidnap Jayme, though Patterson has no apparent prior connection to the family.

Jayme has been staying with an aunt in Barron since she escaped.

"Jennifer babysat for her all the time in her daycare that she ran".

"I'm lost, and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Nutter recalled Jayme saying before she brought the girl to the Kasinskas' home. I just reassured her as we walked toward (my neighbor's) house.

Then, as the teenager the whole state was looking for was sitting in her living room, Kasinskas made a startling realization: she knew the man Jayme identified as her kidnapper. "There's only a new normal".

Jayme had fled the cabin in a rural, heavily wooded area near the small town of Gordon - 70 miles from her home - where she had been imprisoned and asked a woman who was walking her dog for help.

Jayme Closs is pictured in this undated photo posted to Facebook.

Smith is now acting as the 13-year-old's legal guardian and shared a touching post to the "Healing for Jayme Closs" Facebook page assuring that she and the family will do everything to support Closs's healing.

Twenty-one-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is expected to appear in Barron County Circuit Court on Monday afternoon, after prosecutors formally charge him with intentional homicide and kidnapping.

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Investigators believe Patterson broke into James and Denise Closs' home near Barron on October 15, killed the couple and abducted their daughter.

Investigators have yet to comment on what Jayme endured during captivity.

Smith went on to say that Jayme's parents can rest in peace now, and she will make sure Jayme is safe forever. "I can only go off of my own experiences", Smart said. "I tingle because I have been praying for her since it happened, I don't know the family personally but it's just wonderful", said member, Larry Leff.

What's unclear, however, is how and why Patterson - from the remote community of Gordon, two counties from Barron - allegedly chose Jayme for kidnapping. She was rescued by police in Sandy, Utah, on March 12, 2003, when witnesses recognized her from an episode of "America's Most Wanted".

Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, who helped rescue Closs, described the girl as "dirty", "thin" and "really exhausted and run down" after she escaped the hell house Thursday.

"If the dad was coming around, he would have had to have known the girl was there", a neighor added.

"This could be a part of her life, and certainly, yes, it has changed her life, but it doesn't have to define it". "My first reaction was to scream and say, 'You're alive!' I didn't ask her questions, even though all those thoughts (of what happened to her) were in my head".

Over the weekend, Patterson's attorneys said they met with their client, but did not say if Patterson confessed to Jayme's kidnapping or the killing of her parents.

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