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Family Member: 'Good Night Sleep' for Closs

Associated Press
Updated: January 12, 2019 09:19 PM

BARRON, Wis. (AP) - An aunt says a Wisconsin teenager who was found alive this week almost three months after vanishing from her home had "a pretty good night sleep" on her first night back with family.

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Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was found Thursday afternoon. A 21-year-old man is suspected of killing her parents in October at their home in Barron, Wisconsin, then kidnapping the teen.

One aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook Saturday that it was great to know Jayme was next to her all night and that it was a "great feeling to have her home." Smith wrote that the family faces a long road to recover from the ordeal.

Another aunt, Sue Naiberg Allard, posted that Jayme got "the most awaited hug ever" when she returned home.

Closs's grandfather says the suspect had no connection with the family.

Investigators say 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson shot James and Denise Closs to death in their home near Barron on Oct. 15 and took their daughter, 13-year old Jayme Closs. She escaped Thursday from a northwestern Wisconsin cabin where she'd been held. Officers arrested Patterson minutes later.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson's goal was to kidnap Jayme but that the family didn't know him.

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg reiterated Saturday that the family had no connection with Patterson and didn't know him. He says Jayme told FBI agents that she didn't know Patterson at all.

He wonders whether Patterson was somehow stalking Jayme.

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