BARRON (WKOW) — A 21-year-old Douglas County man has been arrested and is expected to be charged in connection with the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents.
Jake Thomas Patterson, from Gordon, Wisconsin, was apprehended by Douglas County deputies shortly after Closs was found alive. Patterson was captured based on a description of his vehicle that Closs gave to the sheriff’s office.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the suspect was interviewed by law enforcement after being apprehended. Fitzgerald said he did not believe the suspect had any contact with the Closs family prior to the alleged Oct. 15 kidnapping of Jayme Closs.
Fitzgerald said the suspect took steps to hide his identity from law enforcement.
“Jayme was taken against her will and escaped from a residence at which she was being held and found help,” Fitzgerald said. “We do believe Jayme was the only target.”
Fitzgerald said Patterson had no local or state criminal history.
“This case remains very active and fluid,” said Fitzgerald.
Closs went missing Oct. 15 when her parents were found dead in the family’s home near Barron in northwestern Wisconsin.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department posted on its Facebook page Thursday evening that she had been found alive in Douglas County, Wisconsin, which borders Lake Superior.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department posted a note on its website saying Jayme was “located” in the Town of Gordon at 4:43 p.m. Thursday and a suspect was apprehended in the town about 10 minutes later.
The note offered no other details. The department’s non-emergency line rang unanswered Thursday evening and Sheriff Thomas Dalbec didn’t immediately respond to an email.