Kidnapping of Jayme Closs
|Kidnapping of Jayme Lynn Closs|
|Date||October 15, 2018– January 10, 2019 (88 days)|
|Victims||Jayme Lynn Closs, 13|
James Closs, 56 (father)
Denise Closs, 46 (mother)
|Perpetrator||Jake Thomas Patterson, 21|
The kidnapping of Jayme Closs occurred on October 15, 2018, when Jake Thomas Patterson abducted thirteen-year-old Jayme Lynn Closs from her family's home in Barron, Wisconsin, around 12:53 a.m. after forcing his way inside and fatally shooting her father and mother. Patterson took Closs to a cabin 70 miles (110 km) away in rural Gordon, Wisconsin, and held her in captivity for 88 days until she escaped on January 10, 2019.
Patterson was taken into custody shortly thereafter and told police he kidnapped Closs and killed her parents. He pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. On May 24, 2019, Patterson was sentenced to two consecutive life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole plus an additional 40 years.
Jayme Lynn Closs was the only child of James and Denise Closs. On October 5, 2018, Jake Patterson drove to the home of the Closs family, attempting to kidnap Jayme Closs, but was deterred by activity in the home and was afraid he would leave witnesses. He made his second attempt two days later but was again afraid to leave witnesses at the scene. A week later, he made his third visit to the Closs residence, this time with a shotgun. Shortly before 12:53 a.m. Central Time (05:53 UTC) on October 15, 2018, Jake Thomas Patterson parked his car at the end of the driveway of the Closs family residence in rural Barron, Wisconsin. Wearing a black coat and a ski mask, Patterson approached the front door of the home carrying a pump action shotgun. Before forcing his way in, Patterson said, "open the fucking door." James Closs, 56, shone a light on Patterson through a glass portion of the front door and asked him to show him his badge. Patterson fired once, fatally shooting Closs. Forcing his way into the house, Patterson checked every room in the house; he did this because he wanted "no witnesses left behind." He soon found the bathroom door was locked and began shooting it down. Inside the bathroom were Denise Closs, 46, and her daughter Jayme, 13. Denise was comforting Jayme, who was crying loudly. At 12:53 a.m., Denise Closs made a 911 call.
While she did not speak, the operator heard a disturbance and yelling before the phone call was disconnected. When the dispatcher called the number back, they reached the voicemail of Denise Closs. Patterson bound Jayme's wrists and ankles using duct tape, then fatally shot Denise Closs. He then dragged Jayme outside, almost slipping on blood, placed her in the trunk of his car, and started driving away. The police arrived four minutes after the 911 call. Patterson later told investigators that he had pulled over 20 seconds down the road from the house while deputies sped by with emergency lights and sirens on. Neighbors said they had heard two gunshots but had dismissed them since hunting was common around their homes. If police had arrived 20 seconds earlier, Patterson would have been apprehended at the Closs home.
|Imágenes de drones de la búsqueda de Jayme Closs - FOX News|
Volunteers searched on the sides of US Route 8 near the home and spent October 23, 2018 searching for Closs. By October 26, a USD $50,000 reward had been announced for information leading to her recovery. Investigators received more than 2,000 tips in the case and reviewed most of them. The police did not have any suspects during the time Closs was held captive by Patterson in secret for 88 days at a cabin owned by his father in South Eau Claire Acres Circle in Gordon, Wisconsin. Closs later told police that Patterson would force her to hide under his bed to conceal her presence when his family members came to the cabin to visit him. When Patterson left the cabin from time to time, he barricaded Closs under the bed with tote bags, laundry bins, and weights stacked around it, and told her that he would know if she tried to move them while he was gone. On Saturdays, she was forced under Patterson's twin bed when his family visited. Patterson beat Closs on one occasion because he thought she had moved out from under the bed. During the Christmas celebration Patterson held, Patterson threatened to kill Closs if she moved.
On the afternoon of January 10, 2019, Patterson told Closs he was leaving for a couple hours and put her under his bed in his usual routine. After he departed, Closs pushed out the objects around the bed far enough for her to escape and ran from the cabin wearing a light shirt, leggings and a pair of Patterson's sneakers in the snow. Closs came across a local woman walking her dog who recognized Closs from news reports and immediately took her to a neighbor's house. After the women called the police, Closs told them "Jake Patterson" had killed her parents, taken her, and kept her prisoner just a few houses away in the neighborhood. The neighbors described Closs as calm, quiet, dazed, and surprised that they recognized her from news coverage. The police arrived around 4:45 p.m. and decided to remove Closs from the area for her safety. The description Closs provided of Patterson and his vehicle enabled deputies to spot his car just minutes afterward when Patterson drove by the cabin. After a deputy stopped him, Patterson exited his vehicle and said "I did it."
Closs was admitted to a hospital under guard, then returned to her aunt's house the next morning. Hormel, the parent company of the Jennie-O store where Closs's parents had been employed, announced on January 24, 2019 that $25,000 of the reward money would be given to Closs for rescuing herself.
Jake Thomas Patterson
|Born||June 17, 1997|
|Residence||14166 South Eau Claire Acres Circle,|
Gordon, Wisconsin, U.S.
|Education||Northwood High School|
|Height||6.0 ft (183 cm)|
|Weight||215 lb (98 kg)|
|Criminal charge||Two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping|
|Penalty||Two consecutive life sentences without possiblility of parole plus 40 years|
Jake Thomas Patterson (born June 17, 1997) confessed to police that he had kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed James and Denise Closs. He had no previous criminal history in Wisconsin. Patterson was charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of armed burglary on January 14, 2019, with bail being set at $5 million cash. On March 27, 2019, Patterson pleaded guilty to two counts of intentional first-degree homicide and one count of kidnapping.
The judge agreed to dismiss the armed burglary count. On May 24, 2019, Patterson was sentenced to the maximum of two consecutive life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole for the murders plus an additional 40 years for the kidnapping. The Douglas County authorities did not pursue charges against Patterson related to Closs's 88 days in captivity because they did not want to bring Closs in for questioning and believed there was sufficient evidence to pursue a life sentence without parole without needing additional charges.
Police did not believe Patterson had any social media contact with Jayme or her family, and relatives of Closs did not recognize Patterson's name. Patterson told authorities he had seen Closs getting off a school bus outside the family residence one day while he was driving home from work in September and stated that he "knew that she was the girl he wanted to take". While in jail in March 2019, Patterson wrote a letter in response to questions sent to him by a reporter from a television station in Minneapolis. Patterson apologized for his crimes and stated they were committed "mostly on impulse", contrasting with reports from the police that Patterson had taken various measures in preparation for the crime. Patterson also stated in the letter that his intention from the beginning was to plead guilty in order to spare Jayme and her family the trauma of the case going to trial. Later that month, a television reporter in Minneapolis received a cell phone call from Patterson in which he briefly answered questions she had sent to him in a letter. Regarding the time Closs spent in captivity in his cabin, Patterson said, "We were just like watching TV, playing board games, talking about stuff. We cooked a lot, everything we made was homemade, you know". At Patterson's arraignment, Patterson's father told a reporter he had a note of apology he was trying to get to Closs. Patterson's grandfather stated "Something went terribly wrong, nobody had any clues ... We are absolutely heartbroken. It's wrenching to deal with," he said. "He was shy and quiet, he backed off from crowds, but a nice boy, polite. Computer games were more of a priority than social interaction."
Patterson graduated from Northwood High School in nearby Minong, Wisconsin, in 2015. He enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps but was discharged after one month at MCRD San Diego. His parents had divorced in 2007. On June 20, 2019, Jake Patterson registered officially as a sex offender. In July 2019, Patterson was transferred to an out-of-state prison in New Mexico.
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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 (97 km) south of Gordon. It was appraised at $79,300.
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