Second press conference reveals suspect went to great lengths to kidnap Jayme Closs

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (FOX 47) – Barron County officials held a second press conference, Friday afternoon, revealing additional information about 21-year-old Jake Patterson who is charged with murder and kidnapping.

According to officials, Patterson was not in his home when Jayme escaped. The suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement found her first.

Officials said they cannot release much information about the kidnapper’s home located in rural Gordon, Wis., but did say that they found the shotgun that they believe was also used to shoot down the Closs home door and killed James and Denise Closs.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said that Patterson went through extensive lengths to minimize his forensic footprint like shaving his head so that no hair traces would be left behind.

Officials believe that Patterson did not know anyone at the Closs home, but that Jayme’s kidnapping was intentional and was the main reason he went to her home.

Officials are not releasing any information about Jayme at this time, but did say that she is now talking and has been reunited with her family. Closs is still in the hospital.

“Jayme is the hero in the case. There is no question about it,” said Sheriff Fitzgerald.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said Patterson allegedly worked at the Jennie-O-Turkey plant three years ago for less than two days. He appeared to not have any contact with Jayme’s parents who also worked there.

On Monday, Jan. 14 at 3:30 p.m. CST, Patterson will make his initial court appearance.

A criminal complaint will be printed and sent out on Monday.

If you know anyone who is struggling with the incidents of the case, 211 is a tip-line set up for recovery and help.

Nikki Naik

Nikki Naik

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