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Family of kidnapped Wisconsin girl appreciate sympathy from suspect s father

Family of kidnapped Wisconsin girl appreciate sympathy from suspect s father
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This undated photo provided by Barron County, Wis., Sheriff s Department, shows Jayme Closs. (Courtesy of Barron County Sheriff s Department via AP)

Published Wednesday, January 16, 2019 11:25AM EST

BARRON, Wis. -- The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who was kidnapped after her parents were killed in October said Wednesday that he appreciates the sympathy being expressed by the suspect s father.

Robert Naiberg s granddaughter, 13-year-old Jayme Closs, escaped from a remote cabin in northwest Wisconsin late last week, nearly three months after she was abducted from her family s home. Investigators allege the suspect , 21-year-old son Jake Patterson, targeted the girl after first spotting her getting on a school bus.

Patterson s father, Patrick Patterson, visited the Barron County Justice Center on Tuesday saying he wanted to pass a note to the Closs family, CNN reported. On the verge of tears, Patrick Patterson declined an interview but said: "All I care about right now is Jayme s family."

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told the AP he had no knowledge of a note from the Patterson family.

Jake Patterson was charged Monday with two counts of intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary, according to a criminal complaint.

Investigators allege Patterson killed Jayme s parents, James and Denise Closs, during a break-in at the family s home near Barron and then held the girl captive in a cabin about an hour s drive north.

Naiberg, Denise Closs father, said his granddaughter continues to recover while staying with her aunt. Naiberg said Jayme will permanently live with her aunt.

"She doesn t want to talk to anybody," Naiberg said of his granddaughter, but said her aunt is "bringing her out of her shell slowly."
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