‘There Is No Going Back’: Elizabeth Smart Offers Advice To Jayme Closs

Arturo Kim
January 14, 2019

The girl was Jayme Closs, who had been missing since October, when her parents were found dead, having been shot and killed in their home in Barron, Wisconsin, about an hour away. "[Patterson] had no connection with the Closs family".

The home was transferred on October 23, eight days after Jayme was abducted and her parents slaughtered about 60 miles away in Barron, Wisconsin.

"The community has been fantastic, and I want Jayme to know that we support her any way possible", said Kari Seelig, with Barron Hometown Pharmacy.

"Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough", Fitzgerald said. "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam".

"It's a bad feeling when you don't know where your kid is but I don't know how I would react if I was to have mine walk through that door".

"We knew she was still there. Did he see her somewhere?"

"My legs started to shake".

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

The teen was able to escape from a cabin before flagging down a pedestrian walking her dog in the town of Gordon.

Fitzgerald said that amid pressure to find out what happened, investigators are letting Jayme decide when she wants to talk.

He added: 'She did not talk about why or how.

"Lo and behold, she's home", Tremblay said.

Jayme escaped Thursday from a cabin in Gordon, Wisconsin, where she said he had imprisoned her. Police arrested Patterson minutes later.

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Elizabeth Smart, the Utah woman who was held for nine months when she was 14 years old, told NBC News she was "so excited" to hear that Jayme had been found.

"I can tell you that the subject planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public", he said. "I also have to concentrate on my own sister, and it hurts that we don't have closure". A shotgun was recovered from the home where Closs was believed to be held, according to Fitzgerald.

A sign outside Barron City Hall celebrates Closs' return.

On Saturday, the Facebook group Healing for Jayme Closs posted an update announcing their fundraiser reached $50,000 in just one day. He is also charged with 2 counts of first degree homicide for the murder of Jayme's parents, per Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec.

She said, 'I'm Jayme, ' the woman told CNN affiliate WCCO. 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.

She said she and her husband once caught them siphoning gas. His initial court hearing is scheduled for Monday and records showed he does not have an attorney.

Jake Thomas Patterson has been jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges.

Unemployed Patterson had no previous criminal history and was not on the radar of police.

He may have worked at another business in Barron but that hasn't been confirmed, the sheriff said. He worked for one day in 2016 at the same Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Closs' parents.

Patterson's lawyers Charles Glynn and Richard Jones said in a statement they consider the situation "very tragic" and that they are relying on the court system to treat their client fairly.

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, 'he killed my parents and took me, '" said another neighbour, Kristin Kasinskas.

She cautioned questions that might seem harmless could be hurtful. "She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that".

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