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

Suspect in Wisconsin Double-Murder, Kidnapping Case Due in Court Monday

Suspect in Wisconsin Double-Murder, Kidnapping Case Due in Court Monday

U.S. teen Jayme Closs defied the odds and stunned the world after surviving an 88-day abduction by a man who is believed to have murdered her parents in her home in rural Wisconsin.

Child safety advocate Elizabeth Smart, who as a young teen was abducted and held for nine months, says the one piece of advice she'd offer 13-year-old Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin eighth-grader who endured 88 days in captivity by a man who allegedly killed her parents, would be to try to "create a new normal".

"Get a weapon", Kristin Kasinskas remembered her neighbor, Jeanne Nutter, saying after Kasinskas ushered them inside her home in rural Gordon, Wisconsin - about 70 miles north of where Jayme was last seen.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters on Friday that Patterson took measures to avoid leaving evidence at the Closs family's home, including shaving his head before breaking in.

The attorneys said they believe Patterson can get a fair trial, but aren't sure where. When the dispatcher called back, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs, 46. "I asked her, 'Who had you?' and 'Where did they have you?' I asked her about the vehicle, she said 'red auto, Jake Patterson, '" Kasinskas said.

The interior of Jake Patterson's house, where Jayme Closs was held captive for 88 days.

The same night authorities discovered Jayme missing three months ago, police found her parents James and Denise Closs shot dead in their home. And her alleged kidnaper was still out there, likely hunting for her.

Robert was there to greet Jayme when she returned home.

Smart added that on top of the trauma Jayme has experienced, she does not have to let it define who she becomes. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

"In my mind, I said, 'oh, that can't be the same person, '" she said.

Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911. "And if she doesn't want to talk then I think that's her complete prerogative".

"He was very quiet, not a troublemaker that I can remember". Fearful the kidnapper may be looking for Jayme, she told her partner to get a gun as he called 911.

Prosecutors are set to formally charge Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping before the court begins.

Little has been revealed about Jayme's ordeal since her abduction in mid-October, although more details could come Monday when Patterson is expected to be charged and make his first appearance in court.

Her aunt said Jayme slept well. "What a great feeling to have her home".

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