Kidnapping of Jayme Closs

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Kidnapping of Jayme Lynn Closs
Coordinates45°24′06.0″N 91°53′54.3″W / 45.401667°N 91.898417°W / 45.401667; -91.898417Coordinates: 45°24′06.0″N 91°53′54.3″W / 45.401667°N 91.898417°W / 45.401667; -91.898417
DateOctober 15, 2018 (2018-10-15) – January 10, 2019 (2019-01-10) (88 days)
Attack type
VictimsJayme Lynn Closs, 13
James Closs, 56
Denise Closs, 46
Suspected perpetrator
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21[1]

The kidnapping of Jayme Closs occurred in the early morning hours of October 15, 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin. Thirteen year old Jayme Lynn Closs was abducted from her family's home around 1:00 AM by a man who forced his way inside and fatally shot her father and mother.[2] Closs was held in captivity 70 miles away in Gordon, Wisconsin, for 88 days until she escaped her confinement and ran for help.[3][4] A suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson, was taken into custody shortly thereafter and confessed to police to the kidnapping of Closs and the murders of her parents.[5][6][1]

Double-murder and kidnapping[edit]

On October 15, 2018 around 1:00 AM, a 911 call was made from Closs family home using the cellular phone of Denise Closs.[7] While the caller did not speak with the operator, a disturbance and yelling was heard before the phone call was disconnected. When the dispatcher called 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, and Denise Closs, 46, were dead from gunshot wounds.[9] The family dog was still in the home when officers arrived. Police believed Jayme Closs was home at the time of the attack, based on details in the 911 call and evidence at the home. No gun was recovered after searching the home and police did not have any suspects.[10] Neighbors said they had heard two gunshots but had dismissed them, as hunting was common around their homes, and they did not call 911.[11][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 information leading to the location of Closs was issued on October 24[14] and doubled to $50,000 on October 26.[15]

On October 30, the day of the funerals for James and Denise Closs, a 32 year old Wisconsin man was arrested and admitted to burglarizing the Closs home. He was charged with burglary but cleared of any connection to the October 15 attack against the family.[16]


On the afternoon of January 10, 2019, Jayme Closs escaped a cabin where she had been held captive for 88 days in South Eau Claire Acress Circle in Gordon, Wisconsin and ran for help, coming across a local woman who was walking her dog.[17] The woman recognized her from news reports and immediately took her to a neighbor's house to contact police.[18] As they waited for police, Closs told them that "Jake Patterson" had taken her, that he had killed her parents, and that he had 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 description Closs provided of the suspect and his vehicle led to deputies arresting Jake Thomas Patterson within minutes when they spotted his vehicle, [19] Authorities in Wisconsin stated that Patterson was out looking for Closs when he was arrested, [20]and that he confessed, saying "I did it", as soon as he was stopped. [21]


Jake Thomas Patterson
Born (1997-06-17) June 17, 1997 (age 21)
Residence14166 South Eau Claire Acres Circle,
Gordon, Wisconsin, U.S.
EducationNorthwood High School
Criminal chargeTwo counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping

Jake Thomas Patterson (born June 17, 1997) confessed to police that he had kidnapped Jayme Closs and murdered James and Denise Closs.[1] Patterson told authorities he had seen Jayme Closs getting off a school bus outside the Closs family residence one day while Patterson was driving home from work, and stated that he "knew that she was the girl he wanted to take."[22] Police do not believe Patterson had any social media contact with Jayme or her family,[23] and relatives of Closs did not recognize Patterson's name.[24] As of January 11, 2019, Patterson was in custody in Barron County where he faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.[18]

Patterson had no previous criminal history in Wisconsin.[25] He had graduated from Northwood High School in nearby Minong, Wisconsin, in 2015 and had enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps but was discharged after one month at MCRD San Diego[26].[27]

The cabin where Patterson confessed to holding Closs captive was owned by Patterson's father at the time of the kidnapping, but was turned over to a credit union about a week later.[28] The father sobbed at his son's arraignment when the judge read the charges, and told a reporter he had a note he was trying to get to Closs. [29]The grandfather is quoted as saying, "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." [30] Patterson's parents divorced in 2007. He has an older sister, and 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.[31]


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."[32][33][34]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c 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. ^ "Jayme Closs: Police seek two vehicles seen near Wisconsin slaying, girl's disappearance". USA Today. Retrieved October 24, 2018.
  12. ^ "Neighbors of missing Wisconsin girl heard gunshots 20 minutes before 911 call". CBS News. October 23, 2018. 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. ^ "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.
  21. ^ Sanchez, Angelica. "'I did it:' $5M cash bond for Jake Patterson, charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing her parents". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
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  23. ^ Neighbor who came to Jayme Closs’ aid: ‘We were armed and ready’ for suspect to come looking
  24. ^ "Jayme Closs Located Alive". Fox 9.
  25. ^ "Missing Wisconsin teen found alive: What we know about the kidnapping suspect, Jayme Closs' escape". USA TODAY. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  26. ^ "Suspect in Jayme Closs Kidnapping Was Discharged from MCRD". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  27. ^ Accused Jayme Closs kidnapper shaved his head so he would not leave hair behind at her home, authorities say
  28. ^ "Douglas County Web Portal". Douglas County Web Portal. Retrieved January 11, 2019.
  29. ^ Goelz, Jennifer. "Father of kidnap suspect has a letter for Jayme Closs' family". Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  30. ^ "Father of kidnap suspect has a letter for Jayme Closs' family".
  31. ^ Jake Patterson’s Family & Brother: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
  32. ^ 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.
  33. ^ Stump, Scott (11 January 2019). "Elizabeth Smart shares joyful message after missing teen Jayme Closs is found". Today. Retrieved 12 January 2019.
  34. ^ 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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