Suspect in Wisconsin Double-Murder, Kidnapping Case Due in Court Monday

Clay Curtis
January 14, 2019

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wisconsin, was arrested and charged with kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents, Denise and James Closs, officials said.

The circumstances of the transfer weren't clear.

Jake Patterson was arrested Thursday after authorities say 13-year-old Jayme Closs managed to escape from the cabin and approach a neighbor, who sought help. Prosecutors are set to formally charge him with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping before court begins. Jail records don't list an attorney for him.

Smart added that on top of the trauma Jayme has experienced, she does not have to let it define who she becomes.

The home was surrounded by police when they were collecting evidence.

Although Jayme had disappeared, investigators said they initially "keyed in" on the parents because the daughter was an innocent child who they didn't believe could be targeted.

Robert was there to greet Jayme when she returned home.

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After officers arrived at the home and took Closs to safety, they told Kristin and her kids to get away from any windows in case the abductor came to the home.

Nutter said she's glad that Patterson was quickly apprehended, and that Jayme is already safely back with her family.

In June 2002, Smart, then 14, was abducted at knifepoint from her Salt Lake City, Utah, home, and held captive by couple Brian David Mitchell and Wanda Barzee for nine months.

Smart, who is married and now 31, said that although the details of Jayme's ordeal have not been released, the fact that the girl "rescued herself" speaks volumes of her strength. She was missing for almost three months before she escaped from the cabin in Gordon where she said Patterson had been holding her. But after being reunited with her family last week, members of the church in Cameron where she grew up are saying a much different prayer on Sunday, one of thanks. "Her aunts were nearly second moms", said Halvorson. Glynn said Patterson displayed the kind of emotions and feelings you would expect of someone in this situation. And they didn't ask questions about three months the sheriff says she likely spent imprisoned in a Wisconsin cabin 70 miles away.

Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald said he does not believe her kidnapper took her across state lines.

Charging documents in Wisconsin typically contain at least a partial narrative of what happened at a crime scene, as prosecutors try to prove there's probable cause to support the allegations.

Sunday night, his public defenders Charles Glynn and Richard Jones met with Patterson and afterward talked with the media.

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