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Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Patterson's parents moved to Gordon about 15 years ago. Investigators said they believed Jayme was at home during the shooting. As of 4 p.m. Friday, she had been reunited with some of her family, with more reunions to follow.
The sheriff also paid tribute to the teen herself for escaping her captor single-handedly, saying it was down to "the will of a kid to survive".
Police have identified the man they allege killed Jayme Closs' parents before abducting the teen, holding her captive for almost three months before she managed to escape and find help Thursday. It was a tip that Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald had to publicly dispute earlier in the day.
They rushed to Kasinskas' home, where Kasinskas says 911 was called.
Patterson was jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been arrested for the murder of Jayme's parents and for one count of kidnapping.
The child's disappearance made national news, sparking massive searches, with 1,500 volunteers scouring woods and fields in suburban Minneapolis, and the offer of a £19,500 ($25,000) reward for her safe return.
A patrol sergeant found a vehicle that fit the description of the suspect's vehicle and arrested the driver, later identified as Patterson. They walked to the nearby house of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, where they wrapped her in blanket and called 911. The "unusual" call had no communication from the caller, just yelling and a cry for help in the background, police said according to NBC News.
The Star Tribune reported that Town of Gordon resident Kristin Kasinskas heard a knock on her door on Thursday afternoon.
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Her discovery set off joy and relief 60 miles away in her hometown of Barron, population 3,300, ending an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst the longer she was missing.
"I'm going to hug her. Squeeze her", Naiberg told the Star-Tribune.
"Tonight, we actually got false news again this afternoon and I really had my hopes up then", Sue Allard said. Smart was rescued nine months later with the help of two witnesses who recognized her abductors from an "America's Most Wanted" episode. Fitzgerald said that investigation remains "very fluid and active" and authorities are conducting numerous interviews.
"She didn't give us a ton of detail".
A woman who helped a Wisconsin girl who'd been missing for three months following her parents' deaths says the girl told her she'd been held against her will.
Jayme disappeared from her family home in Barron when her parents were killed on October 15.
"[Jayme Closs] said to us that this person killed my parents and took me". It appears he had no contact with Jayme or her family prior to the abduction, and it's not clear whether they knew each other, Fitzgerald said.
Jayme went missing on October 15, the day her parents, James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found shot to death at the family's home near Barron, Wis., a town about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis.
The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in October says he received a call late Thursday that he'd been praying for, informing him his granddaughter had been found alive.
"Today we can finally say, Jayme Closs is home".