Jayme Closs' aunt gives positive update


Churchgoers in a small northwestern Wisconsin town say their prayers were answered by the safe return of a 13-year-old girl almost three months after authorities say she was abducted during a home invasion that left her parents dead.

Then, on Thursday, a woman walking her dog in the town of Gordon, about an hour north of Barron, spotted Jayme on the street.

Gayle King spoke to Closs' relatives in Barron, Wisconsin, about how the teen is doing.

A man suspected of kidnapping Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and killing her parents is expected to make his initial appearance in court this afternoon. "My first reaction was to scream and say, 'You're alive!' I didn't ask her questions, even though all those thoughts (of what happened to her) were in my head".

Jayme, 13, had vanished after her parents were found dead more than two months ago, the neighbor told Kasinkas.

"I'm lost, and I don't know where I am, and I need help", Nutter recalled Jayme saying before she brought the girl to the Kasinskas' home. Smith's other sister, Sue Allard, said in a Facebook post early Saturday morning how proud of Jayme she was.

Her aunt said Jayme slept well.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports parishioners on Sunday dedicated prayers to Jayme, friends, family and everyone who searched for her. "I didn't think he could ever do anything like this". She is now Jayme's legal guardian.

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Nutter said she's glad that Patterson was quickly apprehended, and that Jayme is already safely back with her family.

Nutter told reporters she knew the young girl needed help and took her inside.

Photos show the space beneath alleged abductor Patterson's tumbledown forest cabin in rural Gordon, Wisconsin, strewn with soft toys, filthy bedding and women's clothes.

"Now they know their Jayme, [who] was their whole world, is home with family".

"It was a privilege to have a little part in helping get her home", she said. "I work on adoptions and with foster kids". But they were still concerned he might be after her. But after being reunited with her family last week, members of the church in Cameron where she grew up are saying a much different prayer on Sunday, one of thanks.

Police arrived to find the door kicked in, Jayme missing and her parents dead.

Police said he was unemployed at the time of his arrest and the family did not know him.

"We were kind of terrified when we heard that", Kasinskas said. "So this is a very important time to try to rebuild, to come together again and to start afresh, to try to create a new normal because, unfortunately, there is no going back to the old normal".