'Jayme is the hero', sheriff says of Wisconsin girl who escaped captor

'Jayme is the hero', sheriff says of Wisconsin girl who escaped captor

"We don't believe there was a social media connection and are determining how he became aware of Jayme", Mr Fitzgerald said."Nothing in this case shows the suspect knew anyone at the Closs home, or at any time had contact with anyone in the Closs family".

Authorities said Jayme escaped Thursday from a cabin where she was being held by a man who allegedly kidnapped her in October, according to officials at the Barron County Sheriff's Department, who spearheaded the search for her.

Authorities say a Wisconsin teen who was abducted during an October home invasion in which her parents were killed has been reunited with an aunt and will see the rest of her relatives within hours.

Officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes after Jayme was found, based on the girl's description of his vehicle. Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview Saturday that the only thing the family knows for sure is no one knew Patterson.

An alert stated that she was taken from her home by "unknown individual (s), likely with a gun". (But) he knew what he was doing.

FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo told reporters: "In cases like this we often need a big break - it was Jayme herself who gave us that break".

The second photo was another selfie with her aunt, Jennifer Smith, with a caption reading "Love her so much!"

"I have a gut feeling she's (Jayme's) still alive".

After the killings, Jayme was taken to a remote property near the small town of Gordon and is in the process of telling police how she managed to escape.

Jayme's aunt Sue Allard told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune that she could barely express her joy after learning the news.

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Kristin Kasinskas told CNN that Jayme told them that she had been held captive not far away.

The young girl was rescued Thursday walking down a road in a rural area in northwestern Wisconsin after she fled a home where law enforcement says she was kept by Jake Thomas Patterson, 21.

"We know he targeted her", he said of Patterson. We believe he acted alone.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said he hadn't heard any details about Jayme's discovery but was overjoyed at learning she is alive. No one pressed her to talk, he said, adding that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and doctors advised them to let her speak when she's ready. He is expected to make an initial court appearance sometime next week, after the Barron County District Attorney files a criminal complaint.

Patterson lived just four doors down from the Kasinskas family, but Kristin Kasinskas said she didn't realize it until he was identified as the suspect.

He may have worked at another business in Barron but that hasn't been confirmed, the sheriff said. James Kuffel, the township's lone constable, said he knows nearly everyone in the area but has never encountered the Pattersons.

"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

"He didn't say a whole lot and never really stood out a whole lot to me because he wasn't super engaging", Kasinskas said.

The president of the Jennie-O Turkey store in Barron, where James and Denise Closs had worked for decades, said Patterson had been an employee there for a single day three years ago. "She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others are near, or when he has to leave the household".

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme.

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