Looking back: Jayme Closs found 1 year ago

Looking back: Jayme Closs found 1 year ago Photo: KSTP-TV

Updated: January 10, 2020 06:36 PM

Friday marks the one-year anniversary of the recovery of Jayme Closs, who was kidnapped and held captive for 88 days before escaping from captivity. 

Jayme was abducted from her Barron, Wisconsin, home on Oct. 15, 2018.

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The case began with a 911 call that led officers to the Closs home that October. After officers found Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, dead in the home, they learned she was missing.

A nationwide search was launched and involved the FBI, K9s, hundreds of volunteers as well as the analysis of 4,000 tips.

Then, on Jan. 10, a woman walking a dog in the remote town of Gordon, Wisconsin, came across a disheveled teen who said a man had killed her parents and she needed help.

The woman took Jayme to a nearby home, where the homeowners called the authorities. 

"My wife and kids had just gotten home from school," he told KSTP. "And our dogs started going crazy like somebody was at the door. It was the neighbor knocking at the door. She opened the door and her dog kind of ran into the kitchen. And as I look up, she's helping Jayme into my kitchen. She said 'This is Jayme Closs. Call 911.'"

Jayme had escaped from a nearby cabin where she'd been held captive by a stranger for 88 days.

That man, Jake Patterson, admitted to killing her parents and is now serving a life sentence in prison.

Fundraising to support Jayme and her family continues.

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