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Sheriff Grapples With the 'Million Dollar Question'

Authorities are trying to piece together the Jayme Closs kidnapping
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 13, 2019 1:45 PM CST
This Friday, Jan. 11, 2019 photo shows Jayme Closs, right, with her aunt, Jennifer Smith in Barron, Wis.   (Jennifer Smith via AP)

(Newser) – With Jayme Closs safely in the arms of her family, investigators are trying to figure out exactly what happened and why. "Well, right now we're looking for 88 days of evidence," says Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald, per CNN. "So, we're looking for receipts, where the suspect may have been over the last 88 days." Law officers have arrested Jake Patterson, 21, for allegedly kidnapping the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl and murdering her parents on October 15, but otherwise little is known about his motive or treatment of Closs since she escaped captivity and was found Thursday. "I don't understand it yet myself," says Fitzgerald. "That's the million-dollar question, is why." What has emerged:

  • Patterson's hair: It was "a very well-planned attack," per Fitzgerald. He says Patterson shaved off his hair to avoid leaving strands behind.

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