Wisconsin police have charged a 21-year-old man with murdering a 13-year-old girl's parents last October so he could abduct her.
He says she has already met with an aunt and will be reunited with her other relatives on Friday night. "It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!"
Another aunt, Sue Naiberg Allard, posted that Jayme got "the most awaited hug ever" when he returned home.
The man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents with a shotgun almost three months ago appears to have led an unremarkable existence until that fateful night, blending into the state's vast northwestern forests.
Local teacher Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog when she found Jayme on Thursday. Patterson is expected to make his initial court appearance on the charges on Monday.
Two public defenders representing the suspect in the Jayme Closs case say they are "relying on the integrity of our judicial system to ensure that everyone's rights are protected and respected".
Patterson lived just four doors down from the Kasinskas family, but Kristin Kasinskas said she didn't realize it until he was identified as the suspect.
Investigators believe the man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs killed her parents to clear the way for him to abduct her, a sheriff said Saturday. He says Jayme told Federal Bureau of Investigation agents that she didn't know Patterson at all.
At a press conference yesterday Barron County Sheriff Fitzgerald said the teen told the Kasinskas 'he killed my parents and took me'.
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Less than 15 minutes after Closs' rescue, Patterson was taken into custody after police pulled him over, based on Closs' description of his vehicle.
Jayme told one of the neighbours in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held captive. They said there is nothing to indicate that he knew or had contact with the family before the incident, and said they do not know how he came to fixate on Jayme.
The sheriff said that he did not know if Jayme had been physically abused but that she was hospitalized overnight for observation and released.
Her discovery led to the arrest of suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, who police said was driving around searching for the girl.
Jayme was reportedly wearing shoes too large for her feet, and refused offers of food or water.
Fitzgerald says authorities don't know of any social media connection between Patterson and the girl. He is being held on charges of murder for the killings of Closs' parents and kidnapping. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them".
"We don't really know what shape she's in", he added.
Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to avoid leaving evidence at the scene, the sheriff said. It appears he has been living in the family cabin; property records indicate his father still owned the place in October.
She said her reaction was "just disbelief - kind of shock that a kid we all knew could have done this". The only link between them is that Jake worked for a single day at the Jennie-O turkey plant where Jayme's parents were employed for 27 years. "I mean, it's sad when you hear a story that your child is deceased, I don't want to hear that".