Grandfather insists teen didn't know kidnapper

The girl's disappearance was well publicised

They found her parents, 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs, dead from gunshot wounds when they arrived.

Closs escaped 88 days of captivity - authorities have identified her suspected captor as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson - after he allegedly murdered her parents and kidnapped her. Closs gave neighbors and police a description of a vehicle that Patterson was said to be driving, and police captured the suspect quickly.

Jayme Closs's aunt, Jennifer Naiberg Smith, posted an update on Jayme's condition Saturday morning, shared via the Healing For Jayme Closs Facebook page. Smith wrote that the family faces a long road to recover from the ordeal.

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

Jake Thomas Patterson is being held on kidnapping and homicide charges after his arrest Thursday. He said Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents she didn't know him at all.

Patterson faces kidnapping and homicide charges and has a court appearance Monday.

Glynn and Jones issued a statement calling the case a "very tragic situation" involving a "substantial amount of information, interest, and emotion".

Closs was targeted by suspected kidnapper Jake Patterson, 21, who carefully planned her parents' murder, even shaving his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence at the crime scene, Mr Fitzgerald told reporters on Friday.

"I thought, 'Good for her she escaped, '" he said.

She said they stole things and spent time in foster care.

She went on to say she and her family will make sure Jayme is safe forever, and thanked everyone for their support. "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam".

She had escaped on foot from a remote cabin where she had been held against her will after her parent's murder.

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

"I know all of you are searching for the answer why any of this happened", Fitzgerald said. Investigators were still interviewing her, and she was "doing as well as circumstances allow", he said. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them".

Fitzgerald previously said in November that he kept Smart's 2002 abduction in mind as he looked for Jayme, according to the Associated Press. Property records show that the cabin belonged to Patterson's father.

Patterson, who had no previous criminal record in Wisconsin, is accused of carefully planning his attack - specifically targeting the young teen for reasons that remained unclear.

"We believe Jayme was the target, and he (Patterson) was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her", Fitzgerald told CNN's Jean Casarez on Saturday.

He may have worked at another business in Barron but that hasn't been confirmed, the sheriff said. The sheriff said he didn't know whether Jayme had been physically abused.

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

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. Smart was rescued nine months later after witnesses recognized her abductors on an "America's Most Wanted" episode.



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