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US suspect killed family to snatch girl

January 12, 2019 10:20 am
Jake Thomas Patterson [left] and Jayme Closs

Wisconsin police have charged a 21-year-old man with murdering a 13-year-old girl’s parents last October so he could abduct her.

Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested on two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of kidnapping, police said on Friday.

Jayme Closs was found alive by the suspect’s neighbours on Thursday.

She had escaped on foot from a remote home where she had been held against her will after her parents’ murder.

Jayme has been reunited with her aunt, said officials during a news conference on Friday, and she is “doing as well as circumstances allow”.

They described Jayme as the suspect’s “only target” and said she was “taken against her will”.