GORDON, United States: A 21-year-old man has been charged with murdering the parents of an American teen as part of a calculated plot to kidnap her, police said Friday, after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found alive following three months in captivity.
The few neighbors who know Patterson's family say he grew up in a cabin in a remote subdivision that's a mix of seasonal and year-round homes about 10 miles outside Gordon proper.
"It was awesome. The stress, the relief - it was awesome", Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald said, describing the moment he learned Jayme had been found. Authorities are working to track their movements over the past three months.
They found Patterson in his auto, "driving around", apparently out looking for her, Fitzgerald said.
"The suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Mr Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding police were not seeking any other suspects in the case at this time.
The Kasinskas said Jayme's emotions were "pretty flat" while they waited for the police and she refused offers of food and water. Owner Karen Beeler said she's run the place for 22 years and had never heard of the family before Jake Patterson was arrested. "She said she did not know him".
He worked for a day in 2016 for the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron before he quit, saying he was moving out of the area, according to Jennie-O President Steve Lykken.
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Police believe that when the suspect was stopped in his auto by police Thursday, he was out looking for Jayme.
One man, who has not been identified by police, was in custody, authorities said, in connection with the case of James Closs, 56, and his wife Denise, 46, whose bodies were found on October 15 while their daughter, Jayme, was missing.
She said they stole things and spent time in foster care. Charges are expected against Patterson on Monday, when he is expected to make his initial appearance in court.
Until Jayme's daring escape, investigators had no idea who took her, in part because Patterson apparently took steps to hide his identity. They said there is nothing to indicate that he knew or had contact with the family before the incident, and said they do not know how he came to fixate on Jayme.
The search of the home where investigators suspect Jayme Closs was held captive is taking longer than authorities first suggested.
He also went to "great efforts" to avoid leaving any traces of himself at the crime scene, Fitzgerald said - including shaving his head so he wouldn't leave hair behind.
But CBS 2 security consultant Ross Rice says police will need to piece together who Jake Thomas Patterson is and why he allegedly killed Jayme's parents and snatched the 13-year-old girl.
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It's unclear exactly what Jayme experienced - including whether she was coerced with threats or physically abused - so people must be careful how they interact with her, said Duane Bowers, a trauma therapist who works with families of missing and exploited children and adults.
For months, thousands of people joined search parties as investigators received thousands of tips.
Following his arrest, Patterson's family, including his mother and brother, "shut down their social media accounts", the Star Tribune reported.
Jayme was skinny, dishevelled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger and pleaded for help on Thursday in the isolated town of Gordon, about 100 km north from her hometown of Barron.
"I have no clue who they are", she said.
"It was great to know she was next to me all night", Jennifer Smith posted on Facebook on Saturday. So now, "she needs to feel.in control and experience her memories in a way that. doesn't retrigger" her trauma.
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