Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old Gordon, Wisconsin man accused of abducting teenager Jayme Closs, who staged a daring and dramatic escape from a Northwoods cabin, is from a family with long ties to the area.
Authorities have not implicated any of Jake Thomas Patterson’s family members in connection with Jayme’s abduction. Instead, the Barron County Sheriff has said that he believes Patterson took pains to conceal his actions.
A neighbor who helped rescue Jayme says the girl told them she didn’t know Patterson and added that Patterson “would sometimes have people over and hide her so they wouldn’t see her,” KTSP-TV reported. The Today Show reported that Jayme also said that she was “locked up or hidden when this person had to leave.”
However, some members of Patterson’s family – notably his brother, Erik Patterson, and their father, Patrick Patterson – have been named in various news stories because of the brother’s criminal history and the father’s real estate transfer involving the cabin where Jayme was held.
MugshotJake Thomas Patterson
So far, authorities say, Jake Patterson is their only suspect in the bizarre story. Patterson is sitting in the Barron County Jail on two charges of murder and a charge of kidnapping. Authorities say he shot open the door of the Closs family home in Barron in the early morning hours of October 15, 2018 with the intention of taking Jayme, 13. He’s accused of shooting her father, James Closs, to death in the doorway and her mother, Denise Closs, elsewhere in the house, before spiriting the teen to the family-owned cabin about an hour away in Gordon.
An Amber Alert was issued and a massive search launched, but, for almost three months, no one caught on, until Jayme managed to escape her kidnapper’s clutches and rush into the arms of a nearby dog walker, who brought her to safety. Authorities say Jake Patterson was out looking for her when they stopped and arrested him. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald now says that Jake Patterson’s main target was Jayme, not her parents, but he’s indicated that authorities aren’t sure how the girl got on his radar at all because they can’t find any contact or connection between Jake Patterson and the Closs family, save for the fact he worked at the same turkey plant as the parents for about a day three years ago. However, the sheriff said there’s no sign he met them …read more