Who is Jayme Closs, when was the teenager kidnapped and why was she honoured as a local hero?

JAYME Closs went missing in October 2018 after her parents were shot dead.

We reveal the incredible story of the teenage kidnapping victim who disappeared from the home where her parents' bodies were found.

Who is Jayme Closs and when did she go missing?

Jayme Closs, 13, vanished after her parents were shot dead at their home in October 2018.

A 911 phone call was made from the family home in Barron, Wisconsin, in the early hours of Monday, October 15, 2018.

On arrival at the house police found the teenager's parents James and Denise fatally shot and Jayme missing.

Jayme was immediately ruled out as a suspect and a runaway, cops said.

When was Jayme found?

On January 11, 2019, Jayme was found alive after fleeing a rural house where she had been held captive.

Reports claim she was found in the town of Gordon at 4.43pm on Thursday, January 10.

The teen fled the property – 70 miles from where her mum and dad were gunned down in Wisconsin – and flagged down a dog walker for help.

Jayme was wearing no gloves or coat despite the freezing temperatures, as she ran through the snow towards the woman, yelling: “I’m Jayme! I’m lost. I don’t know where I am.”

The woman, Jeanne Nutter, who was holding her golden retriever Henry in her driveway, said later: “I recognised her immediately.”

The teenager had managed to escape the cabin after her abductor, Jake Thomas Patterson, left her to visit his mum.

He left her trapped under his bed which was blocked with weighted bins, prosecutors in Wisconsin said.

But Jayme managed to muster the energy to force her way out, according to the Daily Mail.

A day after escaping, Jayme was pictured with her aunt who shared the snap saying: "Nothing makes me happier right now than seeing this photo. Seeing this reunion, seeing that smile! We love you Jayme."

When was she honoured as a local hero?

Jayme Closs was honoured as a "local hero" by politicians in her Wisconsin hometown on Wednesday, May 15, 2019.

Presenting the award, Representative Romaine Quinn said: "Jamie, your strength, your resolve, and your bravery is beyond incredible. You are truly an inspiration and a bright light during a time of sadness.

"You taught us an important lesson: no matter how grave your situation, no matter how dark your days become and no matter how impossible your circumstances may seem, there is always hope."

Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, spoke on her behalf saying: "She greatly appreciates the honour… and the kindness of everyone involved.

"Speaking for her entire family, I have to say, Jayme is totally deserving of the hero part of this award.

"Her courage, her bravery and her spirit are things that inspire us and make us stronger and better. Just like you, we want Jayme to know how much we love her."

Who has admitted taking Jayme and killing her parents?

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has admitted kidnapping Jayme, murdering her parents and keeping the teen captive in his remote cabin for 88 days.

A charge of armed robbery was dropped as part of a plea deal.

He answered "yes" and "yeah" to repeated questions, and could be heard sniffling when he later responded "guilty" to each count as he appeared in court on March 27, 2019.

Patterson, who told authorities that he randomly decided to abduct Closs after watching her board a school bus, tearfully responded "guilty" to two counts of first-degree murder in the killings of James and Denise Closs and Jayme's kidnapping.

Patterson told detectives that "he knew that was the girl he was going to take" after he spotted her getting on a school bus, court documents say.

He made two aborted trips to her family's home before finally carrying out an attack in which he shot dead Jayme's parents – including her mother as she sat tied next to her, according to a criminal complaint.

Patterson shot and killed dad James, 56, through the front door with a shotgun, killed his wife in a bathtub and duct-taped Jayme's mouth and stuffed her in the boot of his car, according to police.

He told investigators he plotted carefully, including donning all-black clothing, putting stolen licence plates on his car and taking care to leave no fingerprints on his shotgun.

He wrapped tape around Jayme's mouth and head, taped her hands behind her back and taped her ankles together

He then dragged Jayme outside, threw her in the boot of his car and took her to his cabin, the complaint said.

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