Published: Mon, January 14, 2019
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Classmates, teachers remember Closs kidnapping suspect as 'quiet'

Classmates, teachers remember Closs kidnapping suspect as 'quiet'

"We're gonna be together and we're gonna get her through it", she said.

"All along, Patty (Wetterling) was saying, 'I knew it, I knew she was OK, '" said Jane Straub, victim assistance specialist at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center.

Jayme's cousin, Angela De Andriano, is managing the gofundme account Jayme is Home - Help Heal her Heart.

A picture circulated around social media of Closs smiling next to her aunt Jennifer Smith. Prosecutors anticipate filing homicide and kidnapping charges against him on Monday.

"What a great feeling to have her home", wrote the 13-year-old's aunt, Jennifer Smith, who is the sister of Jayme's late mother, Denise Closs. Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was arrested.

Jayme was hospitalized, and later released and reunited with her relatives and dog, Molly, in Barron. "Did he take things with her, did she go with him to the store, did he buy clothes for her, did he buy food", he said.

Roseanna Forcum and her friend, 21-year-old April Nicole Geyer, disappeared after attending a party in St. Paul in mid-August 1998.

Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested on two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of kidnapping, police said on Friday.

Another aunt, Sue Naiberg Allard, posted that Jayme got "the most awaited hug ever" when she returned home.

She vanished on October 15 after her parents - James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, - were shot dead at their home in Barron County.

Jayme Closs was found alive by the suspect's neighbours on Thursday.

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Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald speaks during a news conference in Barron Wis. on Jan. 11 2018

"He seemed like a quiet kid", she said.

"The suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding police were not seeking any other suspects in the case at this time.

Barron County, Wisconsin, Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Saturday on that he had been waiting for "relief" during all 88 days of 13-year-old Jayme Closs' disappearance. "She did not talk about why or how. We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them".

Still, Straub says Jayme's case gives several lessons. James Kuffel, the township's lone constable, said he knows nearly everyone in the area but has never encountered the Pattersons.

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know Denise or Jim", Naiberg said. Several guns were recovered from the home where Jayme was held, including a shotgun "consistent" with the gun used in the attack at the Closs home, Fitzgerald said.

Patterson remained largely an enigma om Saturday. But the sheriff said it did not appear Patterson interacted with the couple during his brief time there.

Closs was found almost 70 miles from the home where her parents were brutally murdered.

Over the past few months, detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches for Closs, including one that drew 2000 volunteers but yielded no clues.

Heather Simmers of Murfreesboro, Tennessee is also leaning on hope to find her missing son, Devin Bond, 18.

Smart said in a telephone interview that Jayme's story is "why we can never give up hope on any missing child".

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