Jayme Closs’ Kidnapper Jake Thomas Patterson?

Jake Thomas Patterson

Jake Thomas Patterson has been arrested and named as the primary suspect in the kidnapping of Wisconsin teen, Jayme Lynn Closs.

Patterson is not only believed to have abducted the girl, but additionally, authorities think he killed her parents.

Closs, who disappeared around three months ago –has miraculously been found alive after she escape her captor. The teen was found yesterday by a woman who was walking her dog near the town of Gordon. The woman who found her took her to her neighbors home and notified police. The neighbors said they recognize her almost immediately from the kidnapping posters.

A few days after her disappearance, at least 2000 volunteers searched for the teen near Barron, Wisconsin.

The teen who is said to be apparently ‘ok’ has been described as being ‘skinny, dirty and wearing shoes too big for her feet’

Jayme Closs was taken from her home last October, the same day her parents were murdered. According to reports, Jake Thomas Patterson entered the family home on October 15 and was only inside for a couple of minutes. He shot and killed James and Denise Closs and took Jayme.


Police described the scene at the time, as a violent shooting that resulted in the immediate death of Jayme’s parents.

It is not yet clear how the teen escape captivity, however authorities say she is talking and has spoken about being ‘locked up’ and allegedly, also gave details about Jake Thomas Patterson’s car that lead police to his arrest.

21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is originally from Gordon, Wisconsin. He is currently in custody on two charges of first degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping. It is believed Patterson kept Jayme captive at a location about 65 miles north of Barron, Jayme’s hometown.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department hasn’t shared too many details on the suspect, announcing this is an active investigation. Jayme’s family told media the teen is ‘doing great and getting rest right now.’

Her family also said, they do not recognize Jake Thomas Patterson’s name. So far there is no connection between the suspect and the Closs family.

Patterson who had no prior criminal history is believed to have murdered Jayme’s parents with the motive of kidnaping her.