Former kidnap victim Elizabeth Smart offers advice to Jayme Closs

Jake Thomas Patterson

Jake Thomas Patterson

The adults knew Closs's accused captor also is believed to have killed the girl's parents - so they weren't about to take any chances, they said.

Police officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes later based on Jayme's description of his vehicle.

Smith went on to say that Jayme's parents can rest in peace now, and she will make sure Jayme is safe forever.

Chris Fitzgerald is the Barron County Sheriff and said Patterson had "specific intentions to take Jayme, but how he became aware of and chose her will be part of the criminal charges". It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating.

Gayle King spoke to Closs' relatives in Barron, Wisconsin, about how the teen is doing.

"Even I can't speculate what she went through".

"We believe Jayme was the target, and he (Patterson) was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her", Fitzgerald said. "And we got to bring her home". Authorities are holding Patterson on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide.

In June 2002, Smart, then 14, was abducted at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City, Utah, home, and held captive by couple Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee for nine months.

Officials and loved ones have said they will give Jayme all the time she needs to share details of her story, which Smart agreed is the best course of action. She is now Jayme's legal guardian.

"She hadn't taken a bath for weeks if at all", added Peter. When the dispatcher called back, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs, 46. Her dog, Henry, was antsy and wanted to go for a walk. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

"Now they know their Jayme, [who] was their whole world, is home with family".

Jayme was missing for almost three months and police collected more than 3,500 tips but no hard leads emerged.

Police arrived to find the door kicked in, Jayme missing and her parents dead.

"I've been a social worker since 1976", she said.

Little has been revealed about Jayme's ordeal since her abduction in mid-October, although more details could come Monday when Patterson is expected to be charged and make his first appearance in court.

Jayme, 13, had vanished after her parents were found dead more than two months ago, the neighbor told Kasinkas.

Investigators say there's no evidence of any online interactions between him and Jayme.

Although Jayme had disappeared, investigators said they initially "keyed in" on the parents because the daughter was an innocent child who they didn't believe could be targeted.

Nutter, of Strum, left her home later that day than she wanted to.

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