Sheriff: Closs' kidnapper to appear in court Monday


    This photo provided by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Barron, Wis., shows Jake Thomas Patterson, of the Town of Gordon, Wis., who has been jailed on kidnapping and homicide charges in the October killing of a Wisconsin couple and abduction of their teen daughter, Jayme Closs. Closs was found alive Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, in the Town of Gordon. (Barron County Sheriff's Department via AP)

    BARRON (WLUK) -- We’re expecting to learn more about what happened during the 88 days 13-year-old Jayme Closs was held against her will.

    The Barron County sheriff says 21-year-old Jake Patterson killed Closs’ parents, with a shotgun, in their home and kidnapped Jayme Closs in October 2018.

    Eighty-eight days later, she escaped and deputies arrested Patterson. He’s expected to make his first court appearance Monday afternoon.

    Jake Patterson is being held on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide. He is expected to make his first appearance at the Barron County Courthouse on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

    FOX 11 will be there and bring you the latest on FOX 11 News at 5, 9, and 10.

    You can also find updates here online.

    As for Patterson, Barron County authorities believe he targeted Jayme Closs, but it is still a mystery as to why.

    "There is no evidence whatsoever that the suspect knew the Closses was at the Closses home had any contact with them. Worked with them, sent emails to them, Facebook... there doesn't seem to be any connection between Mr. Patterson and the Closs family at all," said the Barron County Sheriff.

    Patterson's attorneys, Charles Glynn and Richard Jones, spoke in a news conference Sunday evening.

    "We are very confident that the integrity of the judicial system, in the state of Wisconsin, will allow this process to go forward in a fair and complete fashion," said Charles Glynn.

    A reporter asked if Patterson confessed to anything. Glynn said, "We can't answer the particulars of that. There might be more information from the criminal complaint.... I can not discuss my specific conversations with him."

    Patterson grew up in Gordon, Wisconsin and wasn’t well known around the community.

    According to online records Patterson's parents divorced in 2008.

    Neighbors say the parents moved away but that Patterson and his older brother continued to stay in the cabin and often got into trouble.

    Patterson’s high school teachers say they barley remember him and didn’t realize he still lived in the area.

    His teachers described him as quiet and a good student who had wonderful friends.

    Patterson has no prior criminal history in Wisconsin.

    We could learn more about Patterson thanks to court documents expected to be released Monday.

    Those documents might also shed light on what happened during the 88 days Closs says she was held against her will.


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