21-year-old man charged in Wisconsin girl's kidnapping

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Published on January 11, 2019 - Duration: 01:58s

21-year-old man charged in Wisconsin girl's kidnapping

Twenty-one-year-old Jake Patterson has been charged with the kidnapping of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents, authorities said on Friday, a day after the girl escaped following three months of captivity.

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21-year-old man charged in Wisconsin girl's kidnapping

21-year-old Jake Patterson was charged on Friday with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found alive nearly three months after she vanished and her parents murdered..... (SOUNDBITE) BARRON COUNTY SHERIFF CHRIS FITZGERALD SAYING: "The suspect was arrested and is currently being held in the Barron County jail/Jayme was taken against her will and escaped from a residence which she was being held and found help/we also don't believe at this time that the suspect had any contact with the family.

We do believe Jayme was the only target." Barron County Sheriff said the unemployed Patterson has no criminal record in Wisconsin and he said he was not sure if Patterson and Closs knew each other….

Patterson was taken into custody after authorities pulled his car over with the help of Closs who gave them a description of his vehicle... On Thursday, Closs was found by a resident of Gordon, a town about an hour away from Jayme's home, who was walking her dog….

(SOUNDBITE) JEANNE NUTTER, DOG WALKER WHO FOUND JAYME, SAYING: "When I first saw her I thought did she run away or did someone just drop her off here, because she didn't have any coats or gloves, but then when she told me who she was I figured she must have left in a hurry." Closs went missing since her parents were found shot dead on October 15th in their home in Barron, Wisconsin..

Her disappearance made national news..

With 1500 volunteers scouring woods and fields and a $50,000 dollar reward for her recovery… Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane Tremblay expressed her gratitude that she was finally found (SOUNDBITE) BARRON AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT DIANE TREMBLAY SAYING: "We want to thank Jayme for being so courageous and for achieving an opportunity to find her way back to us..

Jayme we missed you and we are so grateful you are home" Authorities said Closs was medically cleared by the hospital and would soon be reuniting with her family….

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