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Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs was reunited with her family after being held captive by the man who allegedly murdered her parents

Despite fears that 13-year-old Jayme Closs was snatched by the killer and met a similar fate as her parents, loved ones and sheriff's investigators never gave up on finding her alive.

Closs was found alive Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in the Town of Gordon.

Closs was missing for almost three months when she approached a stranger in the small, isolated town of Gordon and pleaded for help. A suspect - 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson - is in custody and is due in court on Monday. He was jailed on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide.

The disappearance of Jayme Closs has captivated the country.

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview Saturday that the only thing the family knows for sure is that no one knew Patterson.

"All along, Patty (Wetterling) was saying, 'I knew it, I knew she was OK, '" said Jane Straub, victim assistance specialist at the Jacob Wetterling Resource Center. (But) he knew what he was doing.

Investigators also don't know the conditions under which she was kept in the cabin in the remote Wisconsin community of Gordon or how she escaped.

"My legs started to shake".

Patterson, who was unemployed, has no criminal record, the Barron county sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.

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.

"She said to us that, 'This person killed my parents and took me, ' " Kasinskas told CNN's Poppy Harlow.

He added: 'She did not talk about why or how.

Jayme's cousin, Angela De Andriano, is managing the gofundme account Jayme is Home - Help Heal her Heart.

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Patterson was driving around in his vehicle when he was apprehended Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference.

Fitzgerald says authorities don't know of any social media connection between Patterson and the girl. "We don't believe he ... talked with them, had any digital footprint with them". Jayme had been at home when the killing took place, Fitzgerald said. A shotgun was recovered from the home where Closs was believed held, according to Fitzgerald.

Local businesses have hung signs welcoming Closs' return, residents have held vigils and in just 24 hours a fundraiser dedicated to Closs received close to $50,000 in donations.

"Jayme is the hero in this case, there's no question about it", he said. No one pressed her to talk, he said, adding that Federal Bureau of Investigation agents and doctors advised them to let her speak when she's ready.

She said she and her husband once caught them siphoning gas. With those charges will come a criminal complaint that could reveal more details.

Police believe Patterson - said to have hidden the girl in the home he grew up in - killed the Wisconsin couple because he wanted to abduct their daughter.

Patterson had worked for less than two days at a turkey processing plant where Closs' parents worked, but the sheriff said he did not have any contact with them.

"I was elected to keep people safe and not having that unknown out there", Fitzgerald said on Fox & Friends.

She told the Associated Press that the 13-year-old had shouted "please help me, I don't know where I am, I'm lost".

"He seemed like a quiet kid", she said.

"I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme.

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