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After months of effort, the search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs came to a surprising end last week when a Wisconsin woman calmly called 911 to report she was “100 percent” sure she’d just found the missing teen.
“Hi, I have a young lady at my house right now and she says her name is Jayme Closs,” Kristin Kasinskas says in the 911 called released Monday and obtained by Fox 9.
The call, which was over 30 minutes long, gives a glimpse into the conditions Closs faced in captivity and details the moment she was found safely three months after investigators say Jake Patterson broke into her family’s home, killed both her parents and dragged the teen from the home, throwing her into the trunk and making the trek to his remote Wisconsin cabin, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Patterson had allegedly targeted Closs after seeing her get on a school bus.
The horrific ordeal came to an end Thursday when Closs was able to escape from the cabin while her captor was away and flee to the road where she ran into Jeanne Nutter, a neighbor and retired child protective services worker.
“I was walking my dog and we were almost home and she was walking towards me crying saying, ‘You gotta help me, you gotta help me,’” Nutter said on the 911 call while talking to Douglas County 911 dispatcher Amy Pullen.
Nutter told Pullen she took Closs to Kasinskas’ home because her own house was too close to Patterson’s.
“His name is Jake Thomas Patterson and apparently his house is two doors down from our cabin [...] So we're kind of scared because he might come,” she says of the suspect.
Pullen then reassures the women that “many deputies” are on the way before asking again: “She said, ‘I am Jayme Closs?’”
Nutter confirms the teen had provided the name, telling the dispatcher “Yes, she said, ‘He killed my parents. I want to go home. Help me.’”
Nutter also told Pullen that Closs didn’t know where she was when she escaped.
“When I saw her she kept saying, ‘Where am I? Where am I? and I said, ‘You’re in Wisconsin,’” Nutter said.
During the 911 tape, Nutter can also be heard asking Closs, who she said seemed in “shock and cold” questions about Patterson, like how long he’d be gone, what kind of vehicle he drove and where she usually stayed while he was away.
During the call, Kasinskas told Pullen that Closs was sitting down and “relaxing.”
With the help of the description given to deputies, authorities were able to pull Patterson’s vehicle over and arrest him without incident.
Nutter tells the dispatcher she thinks Closs will likely need medical attention before saying, “A good thing happened here.”
Pullen later told Fox 9 she went into a “full body shake” and “sweat” while on the call given the severity of the situation.
“Her family was in dire need of finding this girl,” the dispatcher said. “The sound of [Kasinskas] voice, I knew something was different about this. …You have a gut feeling, you can hear it in her voice, you just kind of knew.”
[Photo: FBI, Barron County Sheriff’s Department]
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