Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old girl missing since her parents were shot to death in their Barron, Wis., home three months ago, was found alive Thursday after seeking help from neighbors in a remote rural area in northwestern Wisconsin.
On Monday, October 15, 2018, a 911 call was received from the Barron, Wisconsin, United States home of 13-year-old Jayme Lynn Closs and her parents. Upon arrival, police found that Closs’ parents had been shot to death and the teenager was missing. Police believed Closs was abducted and she wasn’t a suspect in her parents’ deaths.
The man arrested in the Jayme Closs case was identified as Jake Thomas Patterson,21, by authorities and neighbors who lived in the same Eau Claire Acres enclave in the Douglas County Town of Gordon.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Jake Thomas Patterson, who had no prior criminal record, "planned his actions and took many steps to hide his identity."
Fitzgerald says Jayme managed to escape from a cabin on Thursday and approached a woman who was walking her dog near Gordon, where Patterson lives. That woman alerted a nearby neighbor, who called 911.
Jayme was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment. On Friday Fitzgerald said she had been medically cleared, was out of the hospital and was being interviewed by law enforcement.
the suspect is being held on charges of homicide, and kidnapping.