Jayme Closs Found After 88 Days

Months after her disappearance, Jayme Closs was found 65 miles from her home.

Courtesy of Associated Press

Jerry Holt

Courtesy of Associated Press

A 911 call was made from Denise Closs’ cellphone at about 1 a.m. on October 15, from their residence in Barron, Wisconsin. Police found the home broken into and found the dead bodies of James and D. Closs, but there was no sign of their daughter Jayme Closs inside the home. At the beginning of her disappearance, the manhunt drew more than 2,100 tips and thousands of volunteers. Junior Madalyn Carpenter remembers seeing the hashtag, #FindJaymeCloss on social media.

“It is just scary to think about,” Carpenter said. “Her hometown may be four hours away, but it can seriously happen anywhere at any time.”

After two months and 28 days in captivity, Jay. Closs escaped and ran out of the house where she was held, 60 miles from her hometown. Jeanne Nutter from Gordon, Wisconsin, was out walking her dog when Jay. Closs suddenly approached her, saying she needed help. She described that Jay. Closs’ hair as matted and that she was wearing ill-fitting shoes. Nutter took her to the closest house, the Kasinskas residence.

“She said to us that, ‘This person killed my parents and took me,’” Kasinskas told CNN’s Poppy Harlow. “She said that this person usually hides her when others are near or when he has to leave the household. She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that.”

According to Fox News, Kristin Kasiskas said that she and her husband recognized Jay. Closs’ face from the initial reports of her kidnapping in October. They called 911 and Jay. Closs provided a description of Jake T. Patterson, 21, and his vehicle. Authorities found Patterson shortly after in his car, apparently out searching for Jay. Closs. Patterson was pulled over and arrested. Authorities do not have any additional suspects for the kidnapping or killings beyond Patterson, who is expected to face formal charges on Monday, January 14.

Jay. Closs was later taken to a hospital in Minnesota after she was found. She went home with her aunt, Sue Allard, on Friday, January 11, after being examined in the hospital and the arrest of Patterson.

Patterson had once worked at the same turkey plant as Jay. Closs’ parents for a day, but it is believed that there was no contact between himself and the Closs family. Assumptions have been made that Jay. Closs had been targeted by her kidnapper previous to her abduction.

Authorities are still investigating how Jay. Closs escaped and the conditions in which she was held.