"We believe Jayme was the target, and he was getting rid of possible barriers to taking her", Fitzgerald said. Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview Saturday that the only thing the family knows for sure is no one knew Patterson.
He said it's also important for Jayme to know that "anything you're thinking and feeling is normal".
Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron - the company's president said. "(Jayme) don't know him from Adam. [But] he knew what he was doing. "We see her picture everywhere and we have bracelets that we buy", said the woman at the cafe.
Nutter took Jayme to the closest house, the home of Kristin and Peter Kasinkas, and they called 911.
Patterson has no criminal history in Wisconsin, but his brother has had multiple run-ins with the law, including convictions for marijuana possession, bail jumping and sexual assault, online court records show.
Police don't think Jayme interacted with her suspected kidnapper on social media.
Smart called Closs courageous, strong, and a powerful survivor - but also says there is a long road ahead.
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Jayme's aunt Sue Allard told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune that she could barely express her joy after learning the news.
Police say she had escaped on foot from a remote cabin.
"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, '" Kasinskas later told CNN.
"The whole nation loves her and is so proud of her and admires her so much for surviving everything that she's done", Smart said.
Authorities have said they believe Patterson went to the Closs home intending to kidnap Jayme.
"We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfil that promise", Fitzgerald said in a statement, thanking the community.
"I don't understand it yet myself", Fitzgerald said. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them".
The sheriff said that he did not know whether Jayme had been physically abused.
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Jayme Closs is with her aunt after her rescue on Thursday (Jan 10) and has been reunited with the rest of her family and her dog, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters.
Jake Thomas Patterson grew up in Gordon, a sprawling township of 645 people tucked into the snowy evergreen forests about 35 miles south-southeast of Duluth. Law enforcement barricades blocked the road leading to the property on Saturday.
Thursday, Naiberg Smith told FOX 9 how excited she was for the moment pictured Friday.
Police said they sent three teams to tell family members at various locations that she had been found, including one group that was attending a basketball game.
"He seemed like a quiet kid", she said. It was not immediately known whether the unemployed Patterson had an attorney.
Almost three years ago, Patterson worked for one day at the same meat products facility where Jayme's parents worked - the Jennie-O Turkey Store plant in Barron.
Her discovery led to the arrest of suspect Jake Thomas Patterson, who police said was driving around searching for the girl.
For months, thousands of people joined search parties as investigators received thousands of tips.
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