Wisconsin kidnapping, killing suspect lived under the radar

Frederick Owens
January 14, 2019

Closs was reunited with her aunt and the rest of her family.

Detectives will keep talking to Jayme, but at her own pace, to get more details to help in their investigation.

Officials say Closs is doing well after having been missing from the Barron area since October 15. In order to not leave behind any evidence, the suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, changed his physical appearance, shaving his head.

"Jayme is the hero in this case, there's no question about it", he said. "We can't be more proud of Jayme". "Jayme was the champion that finally said enough is enough", Fitzgerald said. They did not find Jayme or a suspect or gun, they said at the time.

Closs was spotted by a woman on a street in Gordon, Wisconsin, Thursday, and she immediately sought help for the teen, who was later taken to a hospital.

He wonders whether Patterson was somehow stalking Jayme.

Jeanne Nutter, who has a cabin in the Gordon area, was walking her dog on an isolated road around 4 p.m. when she saw Jayme out in the cold around dusk.

"We don't really know what shape she's in", he added.

Shortly after law enforcement came for Jayme, they arrested Patterson in his vehicle, while he apparently was looking for the girl.

The 13-year-old's parents-Denise Closs, 46, and James Closs, 56-were found murdered in their Wisconsin home on October 15. Jayme had been at home when the killing took place, Fitzgerald said. "They've been in foster care", Osborne said. It is about a one-hour, 50-minute drive from Minneapolis, and is about 50 minutes from Eau Claire, Wisconsin.

Patterson remained largely an enigma om Saturday.

On Jan. 11, a news conference was held by the BCSD where Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald gave a briefing on the case.

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He worked for a day in 2016 for the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron before he quit, saying he was moving out of the area, according to Jennie-O President Steve Lykken.

He has no criminal record, the sheriff said.

It's the end of an ordeal the Barron County community has been searching for.

Investigators are trying to determine how Jayme escaped from Patterson's home, Fitzgerald said. Kristin Kasinskas told CNN that Jayme told them that she had been held captive not far away.

Jayme Closs was found alive by the suspect's neighbours on Thursday. "Call 911 right now!"

He said it's also important for Jayme to know that "anything you're thinking and feeling is normal".

"And I would tell her that this experience might feel like it's defining, it might feel like that's who she is now, but it doesn't have to be", Smart said. Police say he was out on the streets looking for Jayme after she escaped. "I mean, it's sad when you hear a story that your child is deceased, I don't want to hear that".

The girl appeared unkempt and thinner than in photos publicly released, Kasinskas said.

The woman took her to a neighbor's house where they called police.

"I have no clue who they are", she said.

"Call 911!" the dog walker told Kasinskas. But the sheriff said it did not appear Patterson interacted with the couple during his brief time there.

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know (her parents) Denise or Jim", Naiberg said.

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