The grandfather of a northwest US girl held captive for months says the family has no connection to the man suspected of kidnapping her and killing her parents.
Jayme Closs, 13, had been missing for nearly three months when she approached a stranger near the small Wisconsin town of Gordon on Thursday and pleaded for help.
The door of Jayme's family home near Barron 100km away had been blasted down with a shotgun in October, her parents gunned down, and Jayme abducted.
Officers arrested 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson minutes after Jayme was found, based on the girl's description of his vehicle.
Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg said in a telephone interview on Saturday that no one in the family knew Patterson.
"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know (her parents) Denise or Jim," Naiberg said.
"(Jayme) don't know him from Adam. (But) he knew what he was doing. We don't know if he was stalking her or what. Did he see her somewhere?"
The news that Jayme was safe set off joy and relief in Barron, which has a population of 3300.
Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, posted on Facebook that Jayme was doing well.
"Jayme had a pretty good night sleep it was great to know she was next to me all night what a great feeling to have her home," Smith said.
"As a family we will get through all of the healing process Jayme has. It will be a long road but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!!"
Another aunt, Sue Naiberg Allard, posted that Jayme got "the most awaited hug ever" when she returned home.
Jayme told one of the people in Gordon who took her in that she had walked away from a cabin where she had been held captive.
"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, 'he killed my parents and took me,"' Kristin Kasinskass said.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said investigators are trying to figure out what happened to Jayme during her captivity and why she was seized.
They gave no details on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not home at the time.
Fitzgerald said there is no evidence Patterson knew Jayme or her family or had been in contact with her on social media.
"I know all of you are searching for the answer why any of this happened," Fitzgerald said.
"Believe me, so are we."
Naiberg, Jayme's grandfather, said he spent a few hours with her on Friday and she was largely silent.
No one pressed her to talk, he said, adding that FBI agents and doctors advised them to let her speak when she's ready.
Patterson, who is unemployed with no criminal record, was scheduled for an initial court appearance on Monday when homicide and kidnapping charges are expected to be filed.