Jayme Closs may have found the perfect person to help her when she suddenly appeared on Thursday after being missing for three months.
Jeanne Nutter, the dogwalker who first discovered Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin who disappeared after her parents were murdered at the family home last year, is a retired social worker who has spent years working in child protection services.
Nutter told reporters Friday that she was with her Golden Retriever Henry when they suddenly found Closs dirty and thin, with matted hair and too big shoes.
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"I'm glad my dog wanted to go for a walk and we have – and there she was, "said Nutter, referring to Closs." My goal was to get her to a safe place, and I did. The police were incredible. "19659008]" My goal was to to take her to a safe place, and I did. The policemen They were amazing.
Nutter then described her first moments with the girl, after authorities and volunteers had searched.
"I went to her and she kind of grabbed me and she told me who she is. I've been a social worker my whole life. I was in child protection [services] so I think my CPS personality has just started, "Nutter told Milwaukee Journal Sentinel on Friday.
Nutter works as a consultant to the Social Work Program at the University of Wisconsin-Madison her husband in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, about 110 miles north of Closs, the couple owns a cabin in Gordon and arrived here on Thursday for a few days.
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Closs met with Nutter near the town of Gordon and said she was lost.
"She told me who And then I said, "This kid needs to be in a safe place and you have to take it there," Nutter told the reporters, "I stayed calm to keep her quiet."
The teenager had focused on an intense search for a suspect identified by the authorities as Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, who allegedly visited his home in Barron County on October 15 and 20 – about 80 Miles northeast of Minneapolis – her parents James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, sneaked in and gunned down Jayme and kept her captive for 88 days. JAYME CLOSS, ELIZABETH SMART AND OTHER KIDNAPPING SURVIVORS FUND SAFE Police officers said he looked for Closs on his arrest.
A lawsuit against Patterson for murder and two kidnappings is "likely to be filed next week," Barron County Public Prosecutor said Minneapolis' Star Tribune on Friday
After Nutter Closs had recognized three months of coverage of her disappearance , Nutter rushed the girl to a neighbor and called 911. Neighbor Kristin Kasinskas said she was Patterson's middle school teacher, but added, "I do not really remember a ton of him."
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. "He seemed like a quiet child." said. "I can not remember anything that would have explained it at all costs."
When asked how she felt about what happened now, when she had some time to process it, Nutter suffocated something.
"I'm just so happy she's safe," said the retired child worker.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.