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Closs reunited with family, gun recovered believed to be used night of murder

Barron County (WQOW) – Jayme Closs has been reunited with her aunt, less than 24 hours after she escaped from her abductor in Douglas County.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Closs was reunited with her aunt at the hospital Friday afternoon.

Related: One-on-One interview with Sheriff Fitzgerald

Fitzgerald said they recovered guns at the suspect’s house – including a shotgun they believe was used to kill James and Denise Closs on October 15, 2018. Authorities said they have a search warrant at the suspect’s house.

They say he worked to allude police and even shaved his head to change his appearance.

The sheriff went on to say the suspect, Jake Patterson, 21, never had contact with James or Denise and his motive the night they were killed was to abduct Jayme.

More: Who is Jake Patterson?

Fitzgerald said while Patterson was employed at Jennie-O for one day, he may have held employment in that area at other locations.

Fitzgerald said there is one person who really deserves credit.

“Jayme is the hero in this case,” he said.

Related: Closs’ family vows to help her feel safe

Patterson will appear in Barron County Court on Monday at 3:30 p.m.

The sheriff said if you, or anyone you know, needs someone to talk to about this situation, you can call 211.


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