Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart is scheduled to speak in northwestern Wisconsin next week to help the region cope with a high-profile double homicide-kidnapping.
Accused killer and kidnapper Jake Patterson reportedly sent a letter from jail that had hearts around Jayme Closs’ name and in which he laughed about “the worst thing a human can do.”
The father of the young man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents said he’s heartbroken for the girl and is struggling to make sense of it all.
Jayme Closs, the Barron County teen who was abducted for 88 days before escaping her captor and finding help, is apparently adjusting well to being reunited with relatives.
In an update posted to a fundraiser for Jayme Closs, family said she is smiling, and even laughing with a few of her close friends.
Jake Patterson, the man charged with kidnapping Barron County teen Jayme Closs and killing her parents, reportedly held a Christmas gathering while Closs was hidden in the same home.
For some, they learned the good news of Jayme Closs’ return while at a high school basketball game.
Law enforcement from around the state assisted the Barron County Sheriff’s Department in the Jayme Closs case, including La Crosse area officers.