Jake Thomas Patterson - who was arrested for allegedly murdering the 13-year-old's parents and then holding her captive for three months until she escaped Thursday - was driving around looking for the girl when authorities nabbed him, officials revealed Friday.
The Sheriff also said that it has been confirmed that Patterson was not at the residence when Jayme escaped and that they now believe that he was out looking for her when he was located and placed under arrest.
He acknowledged that Jayme may not be the same person she was before she disappeared.
According to Baron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, allegedly shaved his head before murdering Jayme's parents on October 15 in their Baron-area home so he could "minimize forensic evidence".
Jayme stayed at the teacher's home for about 20 minutes and declined food and water, Associated Press reports.
Jayme was found by a resident of the town of Gordon, about an hour's drive from the Closs home, after the child, described as skinny and dirty with matted hair and wearing shoes that did not fit, knocked on her door, the Minneapolis Star Tribune said. "She is the one that helped us break the case along with everybody else that worked on it". "So, I would just caution her community and anyone able to interact with her to really think about the questions they are asking her". "We don't really know a lot, all we know is just she's alive".
Nutter said, "This is Jayme Closs!".
They sought refuse with husband and wife Kristin and Peter Kasinskas while the police turned up.
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Relying on what Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald called "the will of a kid to survive", a dishevelled Closs escaped a house in the tiny town of Gordon where she had been held captive, about 100km north of Barron.
Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents also worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron - the company's president said.
"Jayme had a pretty good night's sleep". Police are still investigating and say 'she is doing as well as circumstances allow'.
Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, said he had been praying for months for the call he received about his granddaughter.
Her uncle, Jeff Closs, told KARE News the family had "thought it was going to be a different ending". So we're determining, did he even let her go outside? "That was the news we all wanted to hear this morning", he told MPR News.
Kasinskas said she taught Patterson science in middle school, but added: "I don't really remember a ton about him". She is being interviewed by law enforcement and is expected to be back in Baron County by Friday afternoon, according to the sheriff.
Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme. "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam.
While the young man worked at the same meat processing plant as Jayme´s parents almost three years ago, he did so for only one day and police said there is no evidence that there was any contact between them.