Jayme Closs suspect Jake Patterson was quiet, hoped to join Marines
After her oldsters had been brutally murdered and he or she was abducted for 88 days, 13 yr previous Jayme Closs escaped. Barron County police are praising her for serving to lead them to arrest the one suspect.
GORDON, Wis. – Jake Thomas Patterson stays a thriller.
At Northwood School District in Minong, the place he graduated from the Okay-12 faculty in 2015, Patterson was quiet and withdrawn, but good sufficient to be on a quiz workforce and ready to crack a handy guide a rough shaggy dog story.
In the college’s yearbook, he mentioned that once commencement he deliberate to enlist within the Marine Corps. and wrote, “I’m finally done with school.”
It’s no longer transparent whether or not Patterson ever adopted thru on becoming a member of the army. He did paintings, for simply someday, at a turkey plant, and he seems to have drifted within the background on this rural swath of Wisconsin. He didn’t have a prison file.
The blanks in Patterson’s tale will fill in over the approaching weeks and months as he faces fees of killing Denise and James Closs and kidnapping their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme.
On Thursday, 88 days after she was kidnapped, Jayme escaped from a house in Gordon the place government mentioned she was stored via Patterson. Sheriff’s deputies temporarily apprehended Patterson, who they consider was out riding and searching for Jayme. He surrendered with out incident.
Jayme is now staying with an aunt, who mentioned in a Facebook submit that the teenager had a “pretty good” evening’s sleep and that her circle of relatives would strengthen her all over her therapeutic procedure.
“It will be a long road, but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!!” she mentioned.
Patterson, 21, is due to make his preliminary court docket look Monday in Barron. Authorities have mentioned he acted by myself, the use of a shotgun to blast his manner into the Closs house. He was concentrated on Jayme, they mentioned.
“We don’t think there are any other suspects who helped him with this plan and … kidnapping,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald mentioned Saturday.
Patterson will probably be represented via state public defenders Charles Glynn and Richard Jones, with help of the Public Defender’s Office in Barron County.
“This is a very tragic situation,” Glynn and Jones mentioned in a commentary issued past due Friday. “There is a substantial amount of information, interest, and emotion involved in this case. Mr. Patterson’s legal team will be relying on the integrity of our judicial system to insure that everyone’s rights are protected and respected.”
Patterson graduated from highschool in a category of 34 scholars. An outline of his highschool years was supplied via former scholars who did not need to be named.
Classmates described him as quiet and apparently detached.
“He was just kind of there,” mentioned one former pupil.
Patterson was voted as the “most quiet” boy within the magnificence of 2015.
“Randomly in class, Jake would crack a joke and it would be absolutely hilarious and the whole class would hear it,” the classmate mentioned.
Another former pupil, who was a yr in the back of Patterson, mentioned, “He seemed like he was just one of those guys in school that wanted to fit in but couldn’t because he lacked social skills. (He) never really made an impact in any way.”
Patterson wrestled in fundamental faculty, a classmate mentioned, however wasn’t desirous about going to carrying occasions in highschool.
He was a member of the college’s Quiz Bowl workforce, a membership described via Northwood School Superintendent Jean Serum as “a battle of the brainiacs” festival between faculties.
In his freshman yearbook image, he had messed up hair and a shy smile. He shaved his hair shut someday between the tip of his sophomore yr and the start of his junior yr.
In some ways, he was recognized via what he did not do.
He did not move to promenade and did not move at the senior magnificence commute to Florida. He did not pose with fellow graduates within the magnificence picture. Classmates mentioned they do not recall him taking part within the rite.
“Which pretty much sums up, he was just there,” a classmate mentioned.
His house existence stays unclear. Patterson’s oldsters divorced in 2007. Patterson has an older brother and sister. His older brother has a prison file, together with a no contest plea to a fourth-degree sexual attack fee in 2013. The older brother was sentenced to a yr’s probation.
The best process that Patterson was recognized to have held was at Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron. He labored there 3 years in the past however surrender after someday. Jayme’s oldsters labored on the corporate for 27 years however government have mentioned it is not believed they crossed paths with Patterson at the process.
“How did he get like this?” a classmate requested. “He just disappeared after high school.”
USA TODAY-Wisconsin Network photographer T’xer Zhon Kha contributed to this file.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald believes suspect Jake Thomas Patterson acted by myself in Jayme Closs.
Txer Kha, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
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