Data saved in Jayme Closs’ alleged kidnapper Jake Patterson’s cellphone has been examined by authorities as they proceed to piece collectively the timeline of the 21-year-old’s actions that led to the 13-year-old being held captive for 88 days following her dad and mom’ murders.
Authorities have been inspecting a contact checklist, a log of incoming and outgoing calls, texts and different messages and social media communications discovered on Patterson’s cellphone that could possibly be used to “decide the chronological context” of what occurred that led to Jayme’s abduction, courtroom paperwork filed Tuesday said.
The FBI’s proof response crew positioned the cellphone within the entrance seat of Patterson’s pink Ford Taurus. The automobile was taped up and brought to a safe proof storage.
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Authorities have been additionally searching for emails that have been despatched to or from the cellphone, proof that may inform them the place the telephone was throughout their months-long investigation, and any footage or movies on the system. Particulars of the data discovered on the cellphone weren’t launched.
Patterson is accused of killing Jayme’s dad and mom, James and Denise Closs, on Oct. 15 at their Barron, Wisconsin, residence and holding Jayme captive at his distant cabin in Gordon for 88 days. The teenager finally escaped earlier this month whereas Patterson wasn’t residence.
The 21-year-old was taken into custody shortly after Jayme’s escape. He later instructed investigators he determined to kidnap Jayme after randomly seeing her get on a college bus at some point, a second when he mentioned “he knew that was the lady he was going to take.”
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Patterson, who instructed cops he had by no means contacted Jayme on any social media websites, confessed to killing Jayme’s dad and mom and abducting the teenager.
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Patterson was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional murder, one rely of kidnapping and armed housebreaking.
The Related Press contributed to this report.