The Wisconsin man suspected of kidnapping a girl and killing her parents took steps to hide his identity as he held the teen captive for months, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Friday.
Police have now charged Jake Patterson with two counts of first-degree murder and one count of kidnapping.
He acknowledged that Jayme may not be the same person she was before she disappeared.
It said she was located in the town of Gordon, near Lake Superior and northeast of Minneapolis.
- Jayme Closs's family was emotional Thursday night after the 13-year-old girl missing since October was found near Gordon, Wisconsin.
"I can tell you that the subject planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public", Fitzgerald said". Fitzgerald said he didn't know whether Patterson owned the home there or whether it was the only location where he had allegedly held the girl. Only then did the girl reveal her name.
"She said to us: 'This person killed my parents and took me, '" Kasinskas said. He also said it didn't appear that there was any social media connection between the kidnapper and Jayme Closs, and authorities are still investigating how he became aware of her. Jayme was nowhere to be found.
Kasinskas said she taught Patterson science in middle school, but added: "I don't really remember a ton about him". Jayme told police she escaped from her captor's home, which was in a remote area outside Gordon. He says he heard Jayme was walking down the road and someone stopped near her. "She just yelled please help me I don't know where I am".
"I thought, 'Good for her she escaped, ' " he said. Smart was rescued nine months later after witnesses recognized her abductors from an "America's Most Wanted" episode.
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"For her to get away and to do this, it's not her character", said Sue Allard.
Gordon, the area in which Jayme was found, was apparently not on investigators' radar, police 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.
Police did not know what happened or the motive for the killings, and a murder weapon was not recovered, according to U.S. media reports at the time.
Elizabeth Smart says it is a "miracle" that a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing for almost three months has been found safe. Closs approached her and told her that she needed help.
During the 20 minutes Jayme was in their home, Peter and Kristin Kasinskas said they tried to make her feel more comfortable.
Property records show the cabin's title passed from Patterson's father to a credit union in October, eight days after Jayme's disappearance.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was taken into custody shortly after 13-year-old Jayme Closs sought help from a woman walking her dog in a rural, heavily wooded Wisconsin neighbourhood near the small town of Gordon, about 60 miles north of Barron. Jayme was missing and an AMBER Alert was issued for her. The Barron County Sheriff's Department has scheduled a news conference Friday morning.
Smith, Jayme's godmother, told CNN affiliate WCCO that Jayme was recovering in a hospital near Duluth, Minnesota, and is expected to be released Friday.
Despite arriving just minutes after the call, deputies found her parents shot dead and Jayme missing.