US suspect ‘killed family to snatch girl’

US suspect ‘killed family to snatch girl’

The suspect shaved his head to avoid leaving any trace of evidence at the crime scene, police say.

Wisconsin police have charged a 21-year-old man with murdering a 13-year-old girl’s parents last October so he could abduct her.

Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested on two counts of first-degree homicide and one count of kidnapping, police said on Friday.

Jayme Closs was found alive by the suspect’s neighbours on Thursday.

She had escaped on foot from a remote home where she had been held against her will after her parents’ murder.

Jayme has been reunited with her aunt, said officials during a news conference on Friday, and she is “doing as well as circumstances allow”.

They described Jayme as the suspect’s “only target” and said she was “taken against her will”.

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