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14 January 2019, 05:56 | Devin Moran

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"She hadn't taken a bath for weeks if at all", added Peter. And her alleged kidnaper was still out there, likely hunting for her. That led to an intense search that ended on Thursday when she was found alive 70 miles from her home.

There are many unanswered questions in the case, including how Patterson knew Jayme.

Peter and Kristin Kasinskas, who helped rescue Closs, described the girl as "dirty", "thin" and "really exhausted and run down" after she escaped the hell house Thursday.

Neighbors called 911, and officers arrested Peterson within minutes.

"As a family we will get through all of the healing process Jayme has", Smith wrote. "I can only go off of my own experiences", Smart said. "We didn't even really have time to be scared, it was happening quickly".

"This family has always had this unbelievable strength, they've always been there for each other long before this happened", she said.

The suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson, a 21-year-old Gordon resident, was arrested shortly after Jayme was discovered last Thursday.

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.

Investigators believe Patterson abducted Jayme after breaking into her family home in Barron and shooting dead her parents James and Denise Closs. When the dispatcher called back, a voicemail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs, 46. No one on the line talked to the dispatcher, but the dispatcher "could hear a lot of yelling".

Jayme has been staying with an aunt in Barron since she escaped. The town never gave up hope. She approached a woman walking a dog and asked for her help.

"She looked thin", Nutter said.

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.

Nutter described Jayme's condition as "skinny and dirty but outwardly OK", saying her hair was matted. "I asked her, 'Who had you?' and 'Where did they have you?' I asked her about the vehicle, she said 'red auto, Jake Patterson, '" Kasinskas said.

Over the weekend, Patterson's attorneys said they met with their client, but did not say if Patterson confessed to Jayme's kidnapping or the killing of her parents.

Closs was wearing a zip-up hoodie, leggings and ill-fitting men's sneakers, the Kasinskas said. She teaches science to middle and high school students, and she remembered one middle schooler named Jake Patterson. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating. "He wasn't super active in student body life". "I work on adoptions and with foster kids". But they were still concerned he might be after her. "She is a strong girl and we are blessed to have her back", Trowbridge said. That woman then took Jayme to a nearby home and called police.

An empty box of female adult diapers found on the premises of Jake Patterson's property. He wasn't very far away when police found him, Kasinskas said.

"I'm so glad they believed us", Nutter said.

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