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Missing teenager Jayme Closs helped lead the authorities to the man accused of kidnapping her and killing her parents
In a case that inspired many searches and thousands of public tips, it was 13-year-old Jayme who helped to freedom Thursday afternoon.
"In cases like this we often need a big break and it was Jayme himself who gave us that break," said FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo to journalists Friday during a press conference in Jayme's Wisconsin hometown of Barron.
Jayme, reported missing on October 15 after her parents were found dead in their home near Barron, was discovered to go alone on Thursday afternoon two counties in the north outside the city of Gordon, the authorities said.
Her accused abductor – Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, Gordon – was arrested shortly after a law enforcement officer pulled him into a vehicle after the neighbors called 91
1 to report Jayme's appearance, the authorities said.
Investigators now believe that Patterson killed Jayme's parents – James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46 – in their home in October a kidnapped Jayme, and that it seems he went there with the exact intention of take the girl, said Barron's County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
A motive – and whether Patterson and the Closs family knew each other – is under investigation, the authorities say. 19659002] Patterson was held on Friday in Barron County on preliminary charges of intentional abuse and kidnapping, Fitzgerald said.
"For 88 days I have stood in front of you and (promised) we would work tirelessly to bring (Jayme) home," said fitzgerald. "Last night, our collective promise was fulfilled."
Jayme says the abductor killed her parents, a woman who helped her,
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Jayme had approached Kasinka's neighbor – the woman's police say she went her dog – Thursday afternoon.
They rushed to Kasinskas' home where Kasinskas says 911 was called.
Kasinskas said Jayme told her she had been held in the Gordon area – near Kasinskas' home – by one who killed his parents at night, she disappeared.
"She told us," This person killed my parents and took me, "said Kasinskas to CNN's Poppy Harlow." She said that this person usually hides her or hides her when others is close or when he is leaving the household. She did not go into details about how she came out of the house or anything. "
Jayme is expected to be released from the hospital Friday says godmother
Sheriff's department in Douglas County, where the city of Gordon is located. announced Thursday that it had lived Jayme alive late Thursday afternoon and that a suspect was arrested 10 minutes later
Jennifer Smith, Jaym's godmother, told CNN affiliate WCCO that Jayme was recovering at a hospital near Duluth, Minnesota, and is expected to be released Friday
Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, told WCCO of a day of shooting Thursday – the family earlier in the day had heard rumors which authorities were knocking down that the teenager might have been found in another part of the state.
"And I just shut myself down completely. I thought today should be the day, and then I find out two hours later that she's found, and I just can't believe it," Allard said to WCCO reporter Mary McGuire.
Jayme's relatives smell sigh
"Jayme: Aunt Jen can't wait to give you that big hug and keep you tight," Smith said, "because we won't let you go."
Jayme declared missing after parents were found dead
Jayme was missing when police discovered his parents died in their home near Barron on October 15.
Investigators say a mysterious 911 call led deputies to discover the bodies. The call was "pinged" to Closs's home. When the sender called the number back, a voicemail greeting showed that the phone belonged to Denise Closs. The log does not indicate who made the 911 call, but the dispatcher heard in the background.
Police arrived to find the door kicked in, but no one was there. Investigators said they believed Jayme was at home during the shooting.
"Finally We especially want to thank the family for their support and patience while this matter was continuing. We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we will fulfill that promise. From the bottom of my heart thank you! " Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement.
Thousands of people joined search parties for months as researchers got thousands of tips. The FBI offered a cash reward for information about Jayme's whereabouts and hunters in the area were invited to look for tracks.
In December, the Barron County Clerk of Courts Office dedicated his Christmas tree to Jayme. The decorations spelled her name in large, sparkling letters, and they included green onions and ribbons. The color green is often used to raise awareness of missing children.
In the days following Jaym's disappearance, law enforcement officials assured the public that they believed they were alive and in danger.
Barron, a city of less than 3 square miles, has a population of about 3,300, according to US census figures. It is about an hour, 50 minutes drive from Minneapolis and is about 50 minutes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.
CNN's Sheena Jones, Faith Karimi, Dakin Andone and Melanie Whitley contributed to this report.