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Jake Thomas Patterson: What we know about the suspect in the kidnapping of Jayme Closs

Patterson is a 21-year-old from Gordon, Wisconsin, about 70 miles north of Barron, not far from where Jayme lived with her parents, James and Denise, who were killed on the day Jayme passed away in October.

He is currently held in Barron County Prison on two bills of intentional first-degree murder and a number of kidnappings, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters.

Patterson was detained on Thursday after Jayme – who managed to escape from Patterson's home while out – gave investigators a description of his vehicle, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec. A short time later, a patrol teacher saw a vehicle that matched that description and pulled it over.

Patterson was then arrested, just down the road from his remote residence outside Gordon, Dalbec said.

Originally, Dalbec said the authorities did not believe that Patterson was looking for her when he was pulled and arrested, but Fitzgerald later said the authorities believed that Patterson was.

Patterson "planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the public," Fitzgerald said. These steps included shaving his head so he wouldn't leave the hair behind the murder scene and Jayme's kidnapping.

Jayme was his goal

The authorities have not explained why Patterson would have kidnapped Jayme, but they said she was his intended target the night he allegedly broke into Closs Home and killed her parents.

Patterson worked at the same Jennie-O Turkey Store facility in Barron as Jayme's parents. But he only worked there for one day, according to the company's president, before he stopped saying he moved away.

Fitzgerald confirmed this, but said that Patterson had no contact with James or Denise Closs.

Patterson is currently unemployed, Fitzgerald said.

After his arrest, the authorities recovered a gun that is "consistent with the gun used on the spot" by the deaths, but they are waiting for confirmation from the Wisconsin State Crime Lab to confirm that it was the same weapon used. The suspect that night used a shotgun to push the door to Closs Home, Fitzgerald said.

Patterson had "zero" criminal history locally or in Wisconsin, Fitzgerald said. The authorities are not looking for any further suspects.

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