Latest Jayme Closs News

Smart offers advice to Wisconsin town on teen's kidnapping

Mar. 16, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Kidnapping victim Elizabeth Smart says it's OK for residents of a northwestern Wisconsin town to "smile, but don't stare" if they bump into a 13-year-old local girl recovering from the killings of her parents and her own abduction. Smart spoke to about 1,300 people Friday night at...

Station: Suspect in Closs abduction says he'll plead guilty

Mar. 7, 2019 10:49 PM EST

A Minnesota television station reported Thursday that the Wisconsin man charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs says in a letter from jail that he plans to plead guilty. KARE-TV reported that suspect Jake Patterson's Feb. 28 letter was in response to a letter from a station reporter. Patterson wrote that...

Elizabeth Smart set to speak in Wisconsin on Closs rescue

Mar. 6, 2019 4:26 PM EST

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — 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. Prosecutors have accused 21-year-old Jake Patterson of breaking into 13-year-old Jayme Closs' home just outside Barron in...

Wisconsin's Jayme Closs thanks well-wishers for support

Feb. 13, 2019 12:48 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who spent 88 days in captivity after a violent abduction is thanking supporters from around the world. Jayme Closs was taken in October in an attack that included the shotgun slayings of her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family's home. A...

Dad of accused killer, kidnapper asks for prayers for victim

Feb. 7, 2019 10:40 AM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The father of the man accused of holding a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl captive for nearly three months after killing her parents is asking people to pray for the girl's healing. Patrick Patterson told ABC News that he wants Jayme Closs and her relatives to know his family's hearts are...

A timeline of events in the Jayme Closs disappearance case

Feb. 6, 2019 8:03 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Notable events in the disappearance and discovery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in the family's home. Authorities say Jayme was found alive after being held captive for three months by a man who is now charged in her...

Suspect in Wisconsin teen's abduction ordered to stand trial

Feb. 6, 2019 7:28 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, telling his family, "I love you," moments after he was ordered to stand trial. Jake Patterson, 21, is accused of killing James and Denise Closs on Oct....

The Latest: Man waives hearing in Wisconsin girl abduction

Feb. 6, 2019 12:31 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on court appearance for man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin girl and killing her parents (all times local): 11:20 a.m. A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and killing her parents has been ordered to stand trial after waiving his right to a preliminary...

Authorities examine cellphone of alleged Wisconsin kidnapper

Jan. 29, 2019 4:56 PM EST

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin authorities have examined call logs, photos and videos stored on the cellphone of the man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and killing her parents, according to court documents filed Tuesday. The search warrant documents filed in Barron County Circuit Court don't...

Wisconsin county: No additional charges for Closs suspect

Jan. 25, 2019 7:03 PM EST

SUPERIOR, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin prosecutor said Friday he has no plans "in the immediate future" to file additional charges against the man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and killing her parents. Jayme was abducted from her family's home near Barron and held for 88 days before...