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

Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her family after being held captive by the man who allegedly murdered her parents

Jayme was found on Thursday after she approached a woman walking her dog in Eau Claire Acres in Gordon and said she was kidnapped and her abductor killed her parents.

The National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children said it was "overjoyed" that Closs was found alive. He was jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide.

Police always said they believed Jayme was still alive.

She wrote in part - "It was great to know she was next to me all night, what a great feeling to have her home". "[Jayme] don't know him from Adam". (But) he knew what he was doing.

Fitzgerald said officials did not yet know how she escaped, saying only that she had been released from the hospital and was being reunited with family.

Mrs Kasinskas told the Press she had not seen him on their street or in town since high school, describing him as "a quiet kid".

The news that Closs was safe set off joy and relief in her hometown of Barron, population 3300 and about 96 kilometres from where she was found. The discovery ended an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst.

"My legs started to shake".

"Jayme is talking. She communicated with our team up there", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said on Friday.

"Did he take things with her, did she go with him to the store, did he buy clothes for her, did he buy food", he said. "She did not talk about why or how". They said there is nothing to indicate that he knew or had contact with the family before the incident, and said they do not know how he came to fixate on Jayme.

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Jayme Closs' escape from the rural house in Wisconsin helped break the case, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. Fitzgerald hasn't said whether Jayme was sexually assaulted but said Saturday that investigators believe Jake Patterson acted alone.

"I can tell you that the subject planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public", he said. "Believe me, so are we".

Authorities have recovered several guns, including a shotgun they think was used to blow open the front door of the Closs family home and used to kill James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.

Officials say Closs is doing well after having been missing from the Barron area since October 15. It appears he has been living in the family cabin; property records indicate his father still owned the place in October.

"Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough", Fitzgerald said.

Naiberg, Jayme's grandfather, said he spent a few hours with her on Friday. No one pressed her to talk, he said, adding that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and doctors advised them to let her speak when she's ready. Police are still investigating and say 'she is doing as well as circumstances allow'.

Patterson is scheduled to go to court Monday where he is expected to be formally charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. It was not immediately known whether the unemployed Patterson had an attorney.

Patterson remained largely an enigma om Saturday.

Despite Erik Patterson's criminal record, few across the township seem to have heard of his family. The only link between them is that Jake worked for a single day at the Jennie-O turkey plant where Jayme's parents were employed for 27 years.

"It appears he concealed her from other people. his friends", Fitzgerald said.

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