In the hours after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found months after she disappeared and her parents were found dead, investigators have worked to put together the pieces of a tragic mystery that has captivated the nation since October.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, 21-year-old Jake Patterson has been arrested on suspicion of killing James and Denise Closs before kidnapping the Wisconsin teen.
Kelly Engelhardt, whose brother and sister-in-law were those fatally shot at their home, told Fox News on Friday that she had still not been able to see her niece.
“We know nothing,” she said. “We have not been told anything yet.”
Echoing Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald’s public comments, Engelhardt said that authorities are “still gathering those details,” confirming her family “will be anxious to hear what it’s been like for her the last 88 days.”
Though anxious to be reunited with her niece, she expressed support for the investigation that led them to this point.
“We have been supportive from Day One,” she said. “From the local authorities, Sheriff Fitzgerald, FBI, everybody. We cannot thank them enough for all the hard work they have put into this case.”
As for unanswered questions, Engelhardt said the family is simply relieved to have received the good news this week.
“We’re just focused on what we have and not focusing on what we don’t have, which is my brother and my sister-in-law,” she said.
Engelhardt described the discovery of the missing teen was “the puzzle piece we were missing,” adding that her family “cannot even express how happy we are.”
The teen’s loved ones are available to reconnect when the time is right.
“We’re just waiting for that text message or that phone call to let us know when we can see her,” Engelhardt said. “We’ll do whatever it is on her schedule.”
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