Teen Was 'Target Of Abduction That Left Her Parents Dead'

A 21-year-old man has been charged with allegedly holding a 13-year-old girl captive for three months in Wisconsin after murdering her parents.  

Jayme Closs was found alive on Thursday after disappearing the day her parents were fatally shot in October.

Police identified the suspect as Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon, Wisconsin, and said he was charged with the killings and the kidnapping.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters at a press conference that it appeared Patterson went to the Closs' home with the intention of abducting Jayme.

Fitzgerald said he didn't know how Patterson knew her.

A US teenager missing for nearly three months after her parents were killed in the family home in Wisconsin has been found alive barely an hour's drive away. Image: AAP

Patterson worked for one day at the 'Jennie-O Turkey' store nearly three years ago, the company's president said in a statement Friday. Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, also worked for the story but it was unclear if they knew Patterson.

Police were not looking for additional suspects, Fitzgerald said. The sheriff said Gordon, where Jayme was found, was not on authorities' radar.

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"In cases like this, we often need a big break, and it was Jayme herself who gave us that break," FBI Special Agent Justin Tolomeo said.

Gordon is about 100 kilometres north of Jayme's home in Barron, where she was last seen.

Jake Thomas Patterson, has been jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges. Image: Barron County Sheiff's Department via AAP

Patterson didn't have a criminal history locally, Fitzgerald said. He was not currently employed.

Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec said Jayme provided police with a description of Patterson's vehicle.

A patrol sergeant pulled over a vehicle matching the description and took Patterson into custody without incident, Dalbec said.