The young man allegedly killed Closs' parents, James and Denise, in order to abduct the teen from her home on 15 October past year, however his motive for the kidnapping remains unclear.
Smith is now acting as the 13-year-old's legal guardian and shared a touching post to the "Healing for Jayme Closs" Facebook page assuring that she and the family will do everything to support Closs's healing. Her abduction led to a search that ended Thursday when she was found alive - and Patterson was arrested - about 70 miles from her home.
Nutter said she's glad that Patterson was quickly apprehended, and that Jayme is already safely back with her family.
After a harrowing 88 days in captivity Jayme Closs has finally been reunited with family, spending her first night home with aunt Jennifer Smith, the sister Closs' late mother Denise. We've actually been able to bring her home to Barron County.
Nutter told reporters she knew the young girl needed help and took her inside. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating. "Thank you is all I can say because I think God got sick of us nagging him so he answered our prayers", Trowbridge added. "She is a strong girl and we are blessed to have her back", Trowbridge said.
Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron. "I don't know what happened with the stars, but they were aligned". Authorities say Patterson acted alone.
Jayme described Patterson's vehicle to law enforcement officers and they found him soon after, driving the streets, allegedly hunting her.
Shortly before 1 a.m. that night, 911 dispatchers got a call during which they could hear yelling, but no one talked to the dispatcher. Fearful the kidnapper may be looking for Jayme, she told her partner to get a gun as he called 911. The call came in from Denise Closs' cell phone.
Police arrived to find the door kicked in, Jayme missing and her parents dead.
Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, who helped rescue Closs, described the girl as "dirty", "thin" and "really exhausted and run down" after she escaped the hell house Thursday.
"My neighbor and I ... legitimately thought someone was coming for her", Kasinskas said. She was missing for almost three months before she escaped from the cabin in Gordon where she said Patterson had been holding her.
So Nutter made a decision to go to the nearby home of Pete and Kristin Kasinkas, who are year-round residents there.
Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested. Prosecutors are set to formally charge him with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping before court begins.
"She was very calm", Peter said.
When Jayme said the name, Kasinskas said she immediately recognized it.
Her hair "was like a big dreadlock - like she'd been laying down", Kristin told The Post at her Wisconsin home.
"All this was going through my head, that my place wasn't safe", she said.