Little is thought 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 prices. His preliminary court docket listening to is scheduled for Monday and information 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 dad and mom – James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, – had been shot useless at their house in Barron County.
Closs was in a position to 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.
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The investigation recommended that the suspect didn’t know any members of the family on the Closs house nor had he been in contact with them, however allegedly went there with the aim of kidnapping the teenager, Fitzgerald stated.
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 thought 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, based on Fitzgerald.
Property information present that the cabin belonged to Patterson’s father on the time of Jayme’s disappearance.
Patterson had no legal report and graduated in 2015 from Northwood Excessive College, the place he was on the quiz bowl crew and was a great scholar with a “nice group of pals,” District Superintendent Jean Serum stated.
Patterson was unemployed on the time of his arrest however labored sooner or later in 2016 on the similar Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron as Closs’s dad and mom.
Following his arrest, Patterson’s household, together with his mom and brother, “shut down their social media accounts,” the Star Tribune reported.
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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 suppose, I don’t know. I’ve met him and talked to him once I walked via the neighborhood, however that’s about all I do know.”
A former classmate, who was not named, stated Patterson stayed principally to himself and was quiet.
“He simply was quiet, too quiet, which explains why he didn’t have pals,” they stated.
The suspect’s dad and mom divorced in 2007, the media outlet reported, citing court docket information.
Neighbor Daphne Ronning advised the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Patterson’s dad and mom moved to Gordon about 15 years in the past. She stated his dad and mom moved away however the suspect and his brothers continued to make use of the house. She stated she didn’t know Patterson was residing on the home and had not seen Closs.
Authorities stated they believed Closs was Patterson’s “solely goal” and was taken in opposition to her will.
Closs was reunited together 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.