A 13-year-old girl held prisoner for three months by a 21-year-old man accused of killing her parents should be treated like a hero, says the local sheriff.
Jayme Closs' escape from the rural home in Wisconsin helped break the case, said Barron County sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
Jayme was thin, unkempt, and wore shoes that were too big for her when she approached a stranger and asked for help Thursday in the town of Gordon, about 100 km north of her hometown of Barron.
"He screamed," Please help me! I do not know where I am! "I was lost," said Jeanne Nutter, who had accompanied her dog.
Nutter took her to the nearby house of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas.
Jayme told the couple that she was held captive in a hut and did not know where she was or something about Gordon.
"He said that the name of this person was Jake Patterson," he killed my parents and brought me, "said Kristin Kasinskas." He did not talk about why or how. He said he did not know him. "
Thousands of volunteers and hundreds of law enforcement officers searched for her 24 hours after finding her parents killed at home, the main door open and the missing girl.  Both the woman who the neighbor immediately recognized the teenager on Thursday because of the huge public campaign following his death, said Fitzgerald.
Less than 15 minutes later, Jake Patterson, 21, was in custody after that the police had stopped his vehicle, based on the description of Closs.
"Jayme is the hero in this case. It was she who helped us solve this case, "said Fitzgerald
"The suspect was looking for her when the order forces made contact with him," Fitzgerald told a news conference, adding that the police were not looking for any other suspects in the case.  Patterson, a jobless resident of Gordon, was charged on Friday with the kidnapping and killing of James and Denise Closs with a rifle, and their bodies were discovered on October 15.
"The suspect he had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme and did everything to prepare to take her, "said Fitzgerald.
" I know you are all looking for the answer because it all happened, "Fitzgerald said." Believe me, too. "
More than 200 agencies the forces of order were on the field day and night after Closs disappeared, sifting through thousands of suggestions but finding little to do.
The search extended through the wheat fields and wooded areas and attracted 1500 volunteers – almost half of the people of the entire population of Barron, 3400 people, located about 145 km northeast of Minneapolis.
Closs was talking to the investigators on Friday after spending a night in the hospital for evaluation. The authorities did not provide details about the conditions of her imprisonment or how she managed to escape.
She had to be reunited with her extended family later Friday
"I just cried … very happy tears," Jen Smith, the girl's aunt, told Good Morning America.
The superintendent of the local school district, Jean Serum, said that Patterson was a good boy who was part of the quiz bowl team at his high school. He graduated in 2015.
About 350 people under the age of 21 are kidnapped by strangers in the United States each year, according to FBI data.
With the Associated Press function