Little is understood concerning the 21-year-old man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs because the investigation is underway.

Jake Thomas Patterson, of Gordon, Wisconsin, was arrested Thursday on murder and kidnapping expenses. His preliminary court docket listening to is scheduled for Monday and data confirmed he doesn’t have an lawyer.

On Thursday, authorities introduced Closs, 13, who disappeared in October, was discovered alive. She vanished on Oct. 15 after her mother and father – James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, – have been shot lifeless at their dwelling in Barron County.

Closs was capable of escape from a cabin earlier than flagging down an individual strolling a canine in Gordon and asking for assist.

Patterson was driving round in his car when he was apprehended Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald stated at a information convention. He surrendered peacefully, authorities stated.


The investigation urged that the suspect didn’t know any relations on the Closs dwelling nor had he been in contact with them, however allegedly went there with the aim of kidnapping the teenager, Fitzgerald stated.

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Moreover, authorities “don’t consider there was a social media connection” between Closs and Patterson and are working to determine “how he turned conscious of Jayme,” Fitzgerald stated.

Not a lot is understood concerning the suspect who appeared to maintain to himself. Patterson took such measures as shaving his head beforehand to keep away from leaving proof on the scene, the sheriff stated. A shotgun was recovered from the house the place Jayme was believed to be held, in response to Fitzgerald.

Property data present that the cabin belonged to Patterson’s father on the time of Jayme’s disappearance.

Patterson had no prison report and graduated in 2015 from Northwood Excessive Faculty, the place he was on the quiz bowl staff and was an excellent scholar with a “nice group of mates,” District Superintendent Jean Serum stated.

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Patterson was unemployed on the time of his arrest however labored someday in 2016 on the identical Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Closs’s mother and father.

Following his arrest, Patterson’s household, together with his mom and brother, “shut down their social media accounts,” the Star Tribune reported.


Residents who knew Patterson described him as quiet. Patricia Osborne advised the Star Tribune that the suspect had gotten into bother earlier than.

“They’ve stolen stuff earlier than. They’ve been in foster care,” Osborne stated. “And the dad I assume, I don’t know. I’ve met him and talked to him after I walked via the neighborhood, however that’s about all I do know.”

A former classmate, who was not named, stated Patterson stayed largely to himself and was quiet.

“He simply was quiet, too quiet, which explains why he didn’t have mates,” they stated.

Jennifer Smith and Jayme Closs are all smiles after the teenager was found on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.

Jennifer Smith and Jayme Closs are all smiles after {the teenager} was discovered on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019.
(Jennifer Smith through AP)

The suspect’s mother and father divorced in 2007, the media outlet reported, citing court docket data.

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Neighbor Daphne Ronning advised the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Patterson’s mother and father moved to Gordon about 15 years in the past. She stated his mother and father moved away however the suspect and his brothers continued to make use of the house. She stated she didn’t know Patterson was dwelling on the home and had not seen Closs.

Authorities stated they believed Closs was Patterson’s “solely goal” and was taken towards her will.

Closs was reunited along with her aunt and the remainder of her household. An image circulated round social media of Closs smiling subsequent to her aunt Jennifer Smith.

Fox Information’ Elizabeth Zwirz and the Related Press contributed to this report.


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