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Jayme Closs' family says she is 'full of big smiles' Saturday

Jayme Closs' family says she is 'full of big smiles' Saturday

Her alleged captor, 21-year-old Jake Patterson, was soon captured driving nearby. He was jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide. They said they were in the process of confirming that a shotgun recovered in their investigation was the one used the night of the crime. The girl's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, insisted Saturday that none of them know him, raising questions about how Patterson became aware of Jayme. Police say he was out on the streets looking for Jayme after she escaped.

For those that didn't even know Jayme, they're even relieved to welcome her home. (But) he knew what he was doing.

"We don't really know what shape she's in", he added. The discovery ended an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson extensively plotted the attack to the point where he shaved his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence behind.

Patterson had worked for less than two days at a turkey processing plant where Closs' parents worked, but the sheriff said he did not have any contact with them.

Closs 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. "We knew. We had faith every day", said Jayme Closs' aunt, Kelly Englehardt.

"I know all of you are searching for the answer why any of this happened", Fitzgerald said. "I also have to concentrate on my own sister, and it hurts that we don't have closure".

A former classmate, who was not named, said Patterson stayed mostly to himself and was quiet.

The incident unfolded at around 1 am local time on October 15, when police received an emergency call from Closs' home.

Across town, signs celebrating Jayme's return show just how sweet of a homecoming this is. After almost 90 days of being held against her will, Jayme Closs is finally home. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves.

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It's believed that Jayme was held captive at that same remote woodland cabin after her abduction in October from her family home in Barron.

They believe she was targeted by Patterson, but are still investigating any possible links between him and the Closs family. It was not immediately known whether the unemployed Patterson had an attorney.

Patterson is due in court on Monday where he'll be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping, the official said.

'We did get a tip on a sibling that has some criminal record. It appeared Patterson hid her from his friends and other people, the sheriff said without elaborating.

He graduated from high school in Minong, about 10 miles south of Gordon, in 2015 and participated on the quiz bowl team.

Her uncle, Jeff Closs, told KARE News the family had "thought it was going to be a different ending".

"I'm just happy that she's safe".

The search for her started with a mysterious 911 call from the cellphone of her mother, who was found shot to death with her father in their Wisconsin home. Smart was rescued nine months later after witnesses recognized her abductors on an "America's Most Wanted" episode.