First photo of Jayme Closs released since she was found


After 87 days, 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been found alive in rural Wisconsin.

Elizabeth Smart, who was held captive for nine months as a teenager after her 2002 abduction in Utah, posted a photo of Closs on Instagram, praising the "miracle" that she had been found.

On Thursday, Jayme escaped the home in Douglas County - about an hour north of Barron - where she was being held.

Minutes later, police arrested the man she identified as her captor, Jake Thomas Patterson, and have charged him with abducting Closs and fatally shooting her parents. "It wasn't like she was scared of us".

Nobody spoke, but the dispatcher could hear muffled yelling at the other end of the line.

Authorities say they are still puzzled as to why the suspect allegedly went to Barron to kidnap Jayme from the family home, where her parents were found dead, killed with a shotgun. They did not find Jayme or a suspect or gun, they said at the time.

The following Wednesday, the deaths of James and Denise Closs were officially ruled as homicide by a medical examiner.

"Jayme had a pretty good night sleep it was great to know she was next to me all night what a great feeling to have her home".

On Monday 15 October 2018, emergency services received a call at the Closs family address in Barron from a mobile phone. Some tips led officials to recruit 2,000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23.

In a town of only about 3,400 residents, the murders and disappearance gripped the local community.

The 13-year-old is now in the care of other family members after her 88-day ordeal in captivity.

"She is doing great", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told "Anderson Cooper Full Circle".

The neighbour had been walking her dog in the area, a subdivision known as Eau Claire Acres, when a teenage girl came up to her in the cold and asked for help.

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"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know Denise or Jim", Naiberg said.

Her uncle, Jeff Closs, told KARE News the family had "thought it was going to be a different ending".

The woman began knocking on a neighbour's door shouting: "This is Jayme Closs, call 911!"

A $25,000 reward was offered for her safe return.

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg reiterated Saturday that the family had no connection with Patterson and didn't know him.

Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her aunt and dog on Friday afternoon, posing for a picture her aunt shared on the "Healing for Jayme Closs" Facebook page.

A nationwide search for Jayme had left law enforcement frustrated with few clues and a trail that had gone cold.

Jayme Closs' suspected kidnapper had no prior criminal record, however, detectives are now looking into his brother who was convicted of sexually assaulting a minor.

Investigators said he took "many proactive steps" to hide his identity from law enforcement and the public.

Northwood Superintendent Jean Serum called Patterson a "quiet, good student who had wonderful friends and a supportive class", but said she had no real memories of him.

"She's no doubt been through just a awful ordeal".

She said her reaction was "just disbelief - kind of shock that a kid we all knew could have done this".

Police believe Patterson - said to have hidden the girl in the home he grew up in - killed the Wisconsin couple because he wanted to abduct their daughter.