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Man suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs, killing her parents identified as Jake Patterson

Barron County (WQOW) – A man is in custody this morning suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents James and Denise Closs in October.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Jake Patterson, 21, from Gordon is in custody and is expected to face two counts of homicide and one count of kidnapping.

The sheriff said a person walking her dog was approached by Closs on Thursday afternoon. She went to a neighbor who called 911. Deputies quickly arrived and identified the girl as Jayme Closs.

Fitzgerald said Closs is in good condition and being released from medical care. She will go through questioning and mental health support.

The sheriff said Patterson did not have ties to Closs but did have ties to the Barron area. He is not a Jennie-O employee. He said Gordon was not on their radar.

His home in Gordon is being searched at this time and Fitzgerald said he took measures to avoid police and the public. He said they have search warrants in place.

He was just down the road from his home when he was taken into custody. It ended peacefully, according to the Douglas County Sheriff.

No other suspects are being sought at this time.


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Map shows where Closs went missing on Highway 8 in Barron and where she was found, in the town of Gordon.


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