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Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald: Talk with Jayme Closs was 'just wonderful' [VIDEO]

Posted at 10:21 AM, Jan 14, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-14 13:28:57-05

BARRON COUNTY — After months of searching, 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found safe in Gordon. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald was able to speak with Jayme and said the conversation they had was "just wonderful."

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  • “I just thanked her, thanked her for the will, thanked her for keeping her hope and will alive. It was just a great 10-minute interaction. She gave me a tour of her bedroom, and it was just wonderful,” Fitzgerald said.

    Fitzgerald also said there is nothing new to share about the case, reiterating that "this case remains active and ongoing. Right now, we’re just getting ready for court, and last night I was able to see Jayme, see the smile on her face, and that was pretty special."

    As for what's next, Fitzgerald said "now we’re on phase two, which is making sure we have all of the evidence for our district attorney’s office to put a conviction on this case, prosecute it to the best of their ability and do our job as far as the evidence end of it.”

    "Last night I was able to see Jayme, see the smile on her face, and that was pretty special." — Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald

    Jake Thomas Patterson, the 21-year-old man suspected of kidnapping Jayme and murdering her parents, is set to make his initial appearance Monday afternoon in Barron County Circuit Court via video conference.

    Prosecutors are set to formally charge Patterson with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping before court begins.