As Jayme Closs starts her road to recovery following her kidnapping, investigators are trying to piece together what happened during the almost three months she was in captivity.
The search for her started with a mysterious 911 call from the cellphone of her mother, who was found shot to death with her father in their Wisconsin home. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson extensively plotted the attack to the point where he shaved his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence behind. Authorities are trying to track down their movements over the past three months to see what they can learn.
Additionally, authorities "don't believe there was a social media connection" between Closs and Patterson and are working to figure out "how he became aware of Jayme", Fitzgerald said.
Jayme Closs was missing for 88 days.
She told the Associated Press that the 13-year-old had shouted "please help me, I don't know where I am, I'm lost".
The teen was able to escape from a cabin before flagging down a pedestrian walking her dog in the town of Gordon.
"I was elected to keep people safe and not having that unknown out there", Fitzgerald said on Fox & Friends.
They found her parents, 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs, dead from gunshot wounds when they arrived. "The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and went to great lengths to prepare to take her". "I mean, it's sad when you hear a story that your child is deceased, I don't want to hear that".
The houses and cabins are very spread out in the area that is about 10 minutes from downtown Gordon.
"Jayme is the hero in this case, there's no question about it", he said.
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Mr Fitzgerald noted police information was "limited" and Jayme was still being interviewed, but she had been medically cleared and released from hospital.
Residents who knew Patterson described him as quiet.
Tremblay said she and her administration's hope is that Closs can have a "beautiful childhood".
Nutter and Jayme went to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas, and they called 911.
However, neighbors noted they rarely saw Patterson and hadn't seen Jayme around.
"The suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding police were not seeking any other suspects in the case at this time. Last month he got a cake that read: "Happy Birthday Rose" for her 36th birthday. He was being held in Barron County's jail on preliminary charges of intentional homicide and kidnapping, and will have an initial court appearance Monday.
Jeff Closs, Jayme's uncle, said that the teen's return was shocking.
On Saturday, the Facebook group Healing for Jayme Closs posted an update announcing their fundraiser reached $50,000 in just one day.
Another photo from this morning that's been approved for repostingAunt Jennifer reports Jayme is full of big smiles. At some point on Thursday, she escaped the home on foot and found her way to safety.