BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Authorities say a Wisconsin teen who was abducted during an October home invasion, in which her parents were killed, has been reunited with an aunt and will see the rest of her relatives within hours.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference that Jayme Closs was taken back to her hometown of Barron on Friday. He says she has already met with an aunt and will be reunited with her other relatives on Friday night.
Fitzgerald says investigators have recovered more than one gun, including a shotgun consistent with the type of gun used to kill Jayme’s parents, James and Denise Closs. He says the shotgun still needs to be tested to determine if it was the weapon used.
Authorities say Jayme managed to escape Thursday from a remote home near Gordon, which is about 60 miles north of Barron. They arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson on homicide and kidnapping charges. His initial court hearing is scheduled for Monday and records show he doesn’t have an attorney yet.
Authorities say Patterson made “great efforts” to avoid leaving any evidence.
Fitzgerald said that Patterson changed his physical appearance before the October attack and the abduction of Closs, including shaving his head to avoid leaving any hair behind. He says investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme’s parents to abduct her.
Fitzgerald says investigators have no evidence that Patterson knew anyone at the Closs home or had contact with anyone there. And he says investigators don’t believe there was a social media connection between Patterson and Jayme.
He says investigators don’t know how Patterson “became aware of Jayme.”
Sheriffs also believe the suspect was out looking for Closs when he was arrested.
Fitzgerald told media that 21-year-old Jake Patterson wasn’t at home when Jayme escaped Thursday afternoon.
Deputies arrested Patterson in his vehicle soon after Jayme turned up on a neighbor’s doorstep.