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The kidnapping of Jayme Closs occurred in the early morning hours of Monday, October 15, 2018, in Barron, Wisconsin. Thirteen-year-old Jayme Lynn Closs was abducted from her family's home around 1:00 AM by an assailant who forced his way inside and fatally shot her father and mother.[2] Closs was taken to a cabin 70 miles (110 km) away in Gordon, Wisconsin and held in captivity for 88 days until she escaped and ran for help.[3][4] A suspect, Jake Thomas Patterson, was taken into custody and told police he kidnapped Closs and killed her parents.[5][6][1] He has been charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of armed burglary.

Kidnapping of Jayme Lynn Closs
Abduction: 1268 U.S. 8,
Barron, Wisconsin, U.S
Confinement: 14166 South Eau Claire Acres Circle,
Gordon, Wisconsin, U.S.
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 (father)
Denise Closs, 46 (mother)
Suspected perpetrator
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21[1]


Double homicide and kidnappingEdit

On Monday, October 15, 2018, at 12:53 AM, a 911 call was made from Closs family home using the cellular phone of Denise Closs.[7][8] 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.[9] Upon arrival four minutes after the call, police saw that the front door had been shot in, and found James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, dead from gunshot wounds. Their daughter Jayme, 13, was missing.[10] The family dog was still in the home when officers arrived. Police believed Jayme 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.[11] Neighbors said they had heard two gunshots but had dismissed them, as hunting was common around their homes.[12][13]

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

Search for Jayme ClossEdit

Investigators received more than 2,000 tips in the case and reviewed most of them.[14] Searchers first concentrated on the sides of US Route 8, which is near the home.[11] 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[15] and doubled to $50,000 on October 26.[16]

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.[17]


On the afternoon of January 10, 2019, Jayme Closs escaped from a cabin where she had been held captive for 88 days in South Eau Claire Acres Circle in Gordon, Wisconsin, and ran for help, coming across local woman Jeanne Nutter who was walking her dog.[18] Nutter recognized her from news reports and immediately took her to a neighbor's house to contact police.[19] Nutter took Closs to the neighbor's house because her own home was closer to Patterson's cabin.[20] As they waited for police to arrive, Closs told the women that "Jake Patterson" had killed her parents, taken her, and kept her prisoner just a few houses away in the neighborhood.[7] 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 deputies to arrest Jake Thomas Patterson when they spotted his vehicle minutes after hearing that Closs was alive.[21]

Police arrived at the neighbor's house around 4:45 PM and decided to remove Closs "from the area for her safety."[20] While making their way in a deputy's car, a red vehicle was spotted and its license plates were checked, revealing it was registered to a woman with the last name "Patterson".[20] Another deputy followed the vehicle, which drove by the cabin where Closs had been held.[20] When the deputy stopped the driver, the man told him his name was Jake Patterson and as he exited his vehicle, he said "I did it".[20][22]


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
Height6.0 ft (183 cm)
Weight215 lb (98 kg)
Criminal chargeTwo counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping

Jake Thomas Patterson (born June 17, 1997) told police that he had kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed James and Denise Closs.[1][7] Patterson told investigators that the night of the abduction, he placed Closs in the trunk of his car and pulled over while deputies sped by with emergency light and sirens on.[23] 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 in September, and stated that he "knew that she was the girl he wanted to take".[24] Police do not believe Patterson had any social media contact with Jayme or her family,[25] and relatives of Closs did not recognize Patterson's name.[26]

Patterson graduated from Northwood High School in nearby Minong, Wisconsin, in 2015. He subsequently enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, but was discharged after one month at MCRD San Diego.[27][28]

The cabin where Patterson said he held 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.[29][22] 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.[30] 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."[31]

Patterson, whose parents divorced in 2007, has an older sister and an older brother. Patterson had no previous criminal history in Wisconsin.[32]

Legal proceedingsEdit

On January 14, Patterson appeared in court via video conferencing from the Barron County jail.[33] He is being charged with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of kidnapping, and one count of armed burglary.[19] Bail was set at $5 million cash.[33] On January 15, Patterson was moved to the Polk County jail because one of Closs' relatives works in the Barron County jail; however, court appearances will continue to be held in Barron.[33][34] Douglas County DA Mark Freuhauf announced his office has no plans to pursue charges against Patterson related to Closs' 88 days in captivity because authorities do not wish to bring the victim in for questioning and they believe they have sufficient evidence to pursue a life sentence without parole without these additional charges, though his office retains the ability to press these charges against Patterson at any time within the statute of limitations.[35][36][37]

Patterson made his courtroom appearance on February 6 at the Barron County Circuit Court. He waived his preliminary hearing and is bound for trial. An arraignment date has been set for March 27, when his charges will be formally read to him.[36]

While in jail and awaiting trial, Patterson wrote a letter to a reporter, admitting to and apologizing for his crimes, stating that he plans to plead guilty. However, he stated that his crimes were done "mostly on impulse", contrasting reports from the police, which stated that he had taken various measures in preparation for the crime.[38]


On January 24, Hormel, the parent company of the Jennie-O store where Closs's parents had been employed, and which had announced a $25,000 reward for information leading to Closs's safe return, announced that it would give the reward money to Closs herself.[39]

In popular cultureEdit

On the November 19, 2018, airing of the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) television competition series The Voice, every one of the competing artists dedicated their performance to someone. The competitor Chris Kroeze, a 27-year-old from Barron County, Wisconsin, dedicated his performance to Jayme Closs and the Barron County community. He sang and played an electrical guitar arrangement of the The Beatles song "Let It Be" and the show displayed a photo of the missing Closs. Prior to the show's airing, Kroeze had sung at a vigil for the missing teenager.[40][41]

The CBS News network series 48 Hours episode "Jayme Closs Comes Home" is a one-hour special report on the parents murders, Closs' kidnapping and her later escape. The special aired within two days of her escape on January 12, 2019.[42][43][44]

The news channel HLN (Headline News) aired a thirty-minute special report titled 88 Days of Terror: Jayme Closs' Nightmare. Lawyer and CNN correspondent Jean Casarez provided commentaries on the murders and kidnapping. The 911 dispatcher, Amy Pullen, who had taken the call following Closs' escape, was interviewed. Most of the local video footage shown in the special is sourced from the American Broadcasting Company (ABC)-affiliated television station WQOW based in Eau Claire, Wisconsin. The special report first aired on January 18, 2019.[45][46]

See alsoEdit


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