Barron, WI- Officials this morning held a press conference to discuss the escape of Jayme Closs and the capture of her kidnapper.

Twenty-one year old Jake Thomas Patterson(21) of Gordon, Wisconsin was arrested and charged with kidnapping, and two counts of First-Degree Murder.

Closs was found by a woman walking her dog in the town of Gordon, WI. Gordon is approximately 65 miles north of Barron, WI; where Closs lived with her parents. Gordon is a heavily forested town of just over 600 residents, most of which leave during the winter months.

Jayme escaped from a home inGordon, approached a neighbor walking a dog and asked for help. The neighbor, retired social worker Jeanne Nutter, said Jayme appeared thin with matted hair butphysically OK. Nuttertook her to the nearby home ofPeter Kasinskas, The Star Tribune of Minneapolisreports.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald confirmed on January 11, 2019 that Patterson was in custody. He revealed that Jayme was “taken against her will” and was the “only target” of the suspect, whom he alleged “planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity….Thank you to Jayme for having the will to survive.”

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