Jayme’s grandfather on her homecoming: “You can tell she’s not quite the same”

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(WKOW) — Jayme Closs has officially spent her first full weekend back at home and her family is overjoyed to have her there.

“I was the first one she gave a hug to,” Robert Naiberg, Jayme’s grandfather said.

He describes an emotional reunion between the two after Jayme was finally reunited with her family after 88 days.

“I was standing in my daughter Jennifer’s hallway, she came up to me and gave me a big hug and I gave her a big hug,” he said.

His daughter and Jayme’s aunt, Jennifer Smith, did what she could to make sure Jayme felt comfortable when she got back home.

“Her room was empty, but when she came home, it was all done,” he said.

Jayme went missing October 15th. Her parents were found shot to death in their home in Barron. About three months later, Jayme was found alive near that town of Gordon home, which is about an hour away from her family’s home.

The suspect, 21-year-old Jake Patterson, was taken into custody the same day.

“You can tell she’s not quite the same,” Naiberg said.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Patterson may have chosen Jayme Closs at random, adding motive has not been determined at this point.

Prosecutors plan to charge him with kidnapping and two counts of intentional homicide.

Patterson’s first court appearance is Monday.  Following that appearance, more information about Patterson’s charges is expected to be released in a criminal complaint.

Jessica Porter

Jessica Porter

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