Kidnapping of Jayme Closs

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Kidnapping of Jayme Lynn Closs
  • Abduction: Family home in Barron, Wisconsin, U.S.
  • Confinement: 14166 South Eau Claire Acres Circle, Gordon, Wisconsin, U.S.
DateOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15) – January 10, 2019 (2019-01-10)
Attack type
VictimJayme Lynn Closs, 13
Suspected perpetrator
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21[1]

On Monday, October 15, 2018, a 911 call was received from the Barron, Wisconsin, home of 13-year-old Jayme Lynn Closs and her parents. Upon arrival, police found that Closs’ parents had been shot to death and the teenager was missing. Police believed Closs had been abducted.[2] Three months later, Closs turned up alive about 70 miles from her home.[3][4] A suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson, was taken into custody shortly after Closs was located.[5][6] Patterson confessed to the kidnapping of Closs and the murders of her parents.[1]

Double-murder and disappearance[edit]

On Monday, October 15, 2018, a 911 call was made from the home of the Closs family at around 1:00 am.[7] While the operator did not speak with anyone, they heard a disturbance and a lot of yelling. When the dispatcher attempted to call the number back, they reached the voicemail of Denise Closs.[8] Upon arrival four minutes after the call, police saw that the front door had been shot in, and Jayme's parents, James Closs (56 years old) and Denise Closs (46 years old), were dead from gunshot wounds.[9] Police, at the time, said they had no suspects in their deaths.

The family dog was still in the home when officers arrived, and it was believed that Jayme was home at the time of the shooting, based on details in the 911 call and evidence from the home. No gun was recovered after searching the home.[10]

Two vehicles were spotted on surveillance footage near the Closs' residence, with police identifying them as vehicles of interest. They were described as a red or orange 2008–2014 Dodge Challenger, and a black 2006–2010 Ford Edge or 2004–2010 Acura MDX.[11] Neighbors also said they heard two gunshots around 12:30 am on October 15, but dismissed them, as hunting was common around their homes, and they did not call 911.[12]


External video
Drone Footage Captures Search for Jayme Closs - FOX News

Investigators received more than 2,000 tips in the case and reviewed most of them.[13]

During an initial search on October 18, searchers concentrated on the sides of US Route 8, which is near the home.[10] On October 23, 2018, volunteers spent the day searching for the missing 13-year-old. A US$25,000 reward for any information leading to the location of Closs was issued on October 24.[14] On October 26, the reward was doubled to $50,000.[15]

On the day before Halloween, which was also the day of Jayme's parents' funeral, a Wisconsin man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the Closs home. The man, age 32, admitted to taking items from the home, and a search found he had stuffed two tank tops, a girl's dress, and two pairs of girl's underwear in his coat pocket. The suspect told deputies that he took the items because he was "curious about what size Jayme was" and they were items no one would miss. He also said he did not know the Closs family, but he did work at the same Jennie-O Turkey Store that James and Denise Closs worked at. The man was charged with burglary but cleared of any involvement in the disappearance of Jayme.[16]


On January 10, 2019, Jayme Closs turned up alive near Gordon, Wisconsin, and the suspect in her kidnapping was taken into custody. A Douglas County woman was walking her dog Thursday afternoon when a teenage girl approached her asking for help.[17] The woman took her to a neighbor's house to contact police.[18] Jayme told the neighbors she knew the name of the person who took her and explained that the same person had killed her parents. As they waited for police to arrive, Jayme also told the neighbors the captor had kept her just a few houses down, in the same Eau Claire Acres neighborhood of Gordon, Wisconsin. The neighbors described Jayme as calm and quiet, but they said she also appeared dazed and was surprised the neighbors recognized her from news coverage. Jayme's description of the suspect and his vehicle, according to police, led deputies to arrest the suspect within minutes.[19] Jayme was found in Gordon at 4:43 p.m., and the suspect was taken into custody minutes later, when a Douglas County sheriff's deputy spotted a car described by Closs as belonging to the suspect. Authorities took the driver, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, into custody. Relatives of Closs did not recognize the name of the kidnapper.[20] Authorities in Wisconsin say they believe Patterson, the man suspected of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs, was out looking for her when he was arrested.[21]


Jake Thomas Patterson
Born (1997-06-17) June 17, 1997 (age 21)
ResidenceGordon, Wisconsin
EducationNorthwood High School
Criminal chargeTwo counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping

Jake Thomas Patterson (born June 17, 1997) graduated from Northwood High School in nearby Minong, Wisconsin, in 2015.[22] Patterson's parents divorced in 2007. He has an older sister. He also has an older brother, who has a criminal record, including a no contest plea to a 2013 fourth-degree sexual assault charge; the older brother was sentenced to one year probation.[23]

Jake Patterson had no previous criminal history in Wisconsin.[24] Patterson faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.[18] As of January 11, Patterson was in custody in Barron County.

The house in Gordon where Patterson allegedly held Closs captive was owned by Patterson's father at the time of the murder and kidnapping, but was turned over to a credit union about a week later.[25]

Police do not believe Patterson had any social media contact with Jayme or her family.[26] Patterson went on to say that he had seen Jayme Closs at the bus stop on his way to work one day and knew that she was the girl he wanted to take. [27]


Child safety advocate and kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart described the recovery as a miracle and described Closs as a hero, commenting: "What a brave, strong, and powerful survivor! No matter what may unfold in her story let’s all try to remember that this young woman has survived and whatever other details may surface the most important will still remain that she is alive."[28][29][30]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Levensen, Eric. "Suspect in Jayme Closs case confessed to killing her parents and kidnapping her, complaint states". CNN. Retrieved 14 January 2019.
  2. ^ "Missing Wisconsin girl's family faces painful holiday season". The Seattle Times. Associated Press. November 21, 2018. Retrieved November 30, 2018.
  3. ^ Barron County Sheriff. "Jayme Closs has been located". Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "Jayme Closs located alive in Gordon, currently hospitalized". Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  5. ^ Jones, Sheena; Chavez, Nicole (January 10, 2019). "Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs found alive in Wisconsin". CNN. CNN. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  6. ^ "Missing Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs found alive: What we know about how she escaped". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  7. ^ "Wisconsin girl missing 4 days: What we know about Jayme Closs' disappearance and her parents' death". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  8. ^ Simon, Darran. "Sheriff seeks 2,000 volunteers in search for missing girl -- that's two-thirds of the town's population". CNN. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  9. ^ "Missing Wisconsin girl's parents died from gunshots, Jayme Closs may have been there, sheriff says". USA Today. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  10. ^ a b Hanna, Jason Hanna; Stapleton, AnneClaire. "911 call traced to phone of missing Wisconsin girl's mother, authorities say". CNN. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  11. ^ "Neighbors of missing Wisconsin girl heard gunshots 20 minutes before 911 call". CBS News. October 23, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "Jayme Closs: Police seek two vehicles seen near Wisconsin slaying, girl's disappearance". USA Today. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  13. ^ "After Massive Ground Search, Effort To Find Jayme Closs Enters 10th Day". October 24, 2018. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  14. ^ Richmond, Todd. "Authorities offer $25K reward in missing Wisconsin girl Jayme Closs case". Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  15. ^ "Reward doubled to $50K for info in Jayme Closs disappearance case". Retrieved November 28, 2018.
  16. ^ "Jayme Closs - Everything We Know About Wisconsin Teen's Abduction". Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  17. ^ "Jayme Closs located alive, suspect in custody". KSTP 5. Retrieved January 10, 2019.
  18. ^ a b Eustachewich, Lia (2019-01-11). "Jake Thomas Patterson charged in Jayme Closs kidnapping". New York Post. Retrieved 2019-01-11.
  19. ^ "Rescuers recount dramatic moments Jayme Closs was rescued". KARE. Retrieved January 13, 2019.
  20. ^ "Jayme Closs Located Alive". Fox 9.
  21. ^ "The Latest: Cabin's ownership changed days after abduction". WRAL. Ownership of a remote cabin where a Wisconsin teenager was apparently held during a nearly three-month disappearance passed to a credit union soon after the girl's abduction. Records show that defendant Jake Thomas Patterson's father transferred the title of the cabin near Gordon to Superior Choice Credit Union on October 23, eight days after the October 15 attack at the Closs family's home near Barron, which is about 60 miles (100 kilometers) south of Gordon. It was appraised at $79,300.
  22. ^ Accused Jayme Closs kidnapper shaved his head so he would not leave hair behind at her home, authorities say
  23. ^ Jake Patterson’s Family & Brother: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
  24. ^ "Missing Wisconsin teen found alive: What we know about the kidnapping suspect, Jayme Closs' escape". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  25. ^ "Douglas County Web Portal". Douglas County Web Portal. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  26. ^ Neighbor who came to Jayme Closs’ aid: ‘We were armed and ready’ for suspect to come looking
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  28. ^ Scribner, Herb (11 January 2019). "'What a miracle!': Elizabeth Smart rejoices after Jayme Closs is found alive after missing for months". Desert News U.S. & World. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  29. ^ Stump, Scott (11 January 2019). "Elizabeth Smart shares joyful message after missing teen Jayme Closs is found". Today. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  30. ^ Scullin, Karen (11 January 2019). "Elizabeth Smart on Jayme Closs: 'She is a hero'". Fox 9 TV. Retrieved 12 January 2019.

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