Jayme Closs' grandfather says family had no connection to kidnapping suspect

Police are searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs

Police are searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs

"The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to great lengths to prepare to take her", said Fitzgerald.

A picture circulated around social media of Closs smiling next to her aunt Jennifer Smith.

After Jayme confirmed her identity to the couple, she explained to them that she escaped from her kidnapper's home nearby and was afraid that he may come looking for her.

Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, told the Star Tribune: "It's the news we've been waiting on for three months".

Another photo from this morning that's been approved for repostingAunt Jennifer reports Jayme is full of big smiles.

It's believed that Jayme was held captive at that same remote woodland cabin after her abduction in October from her family home in Barron.

"I'm lost and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Jayme told Nutter, the woman told the station.

"Crazy up and down thoughts", Helman said.

"When we talk to kids, we talk about if someone is breaking your safety rules, you look for someone who is not breaking your safety rules, so Jayme escaped and went to the first person she saw and said that she needed help", Straub said.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, '" Kasinskas said. If you'd like to send a card or well wishes to Jayme, a group set up a PO Box for the public. The killing of Jayme's family and her own disappearance had been a major subject of news and attention in the area.

Patterson was driving around in his vehicle when he was apprehended Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference.

Jayme has been described as "medically cleared", although Sheriff Fitzgerald was unable to comment on whether the youngster had endured any abuse while being held captive. Police are still investigating and say 'she is doing as well as circumstances allow'.

The houses and cabins are very spread out in the area that is about 10 minutes from downtown Gordon.

The Closs' door had been shot open; Patterson had shaved his head so as not to leave hair behind, Fitzgerald said. He worked for one day in 2016 at the same Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Jayme's parents.

"I was elected to keep people safe and not having that unknown out there", Fitzgerald said on Fox & Friends. They also knew his family. 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.

Patterson, who was unemployed, remained largely an enigma Saturday.

Kasinskas said she taught Patterson science in middle school, but added: "I don't really remember a ton about him".

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.

Elizabeth Smart posted on Instagram after Closs was found calling her fearless, strong and a powerful survivor.

There was no sign of Jayme until she was found "skinny and dirty" on Thursday by a dog walker in a town 65 miles away from her home.

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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