Jayme Closs was missing for 88 days when she was able to escape her captor and run for help. Jayme was secreted away in a home in Gordon, Wisconsin by 21-year old Jake Patterson. Law enforcement has stated that Patterson was never a person of interest in the murder of Jayme’s parents, and has no criminal background. This guy was totally off the radar and was holding Jayme 70-miles away from her home in Barron, WI. That’s frightening to think of.
The criminal complaint against Patterson is horrifying to read. It states that he targeted Jayme and had tried to abduct her several times before he was successful. He had no connection to her or her family, and had seen her get off of her school bus as he was sitting behind it while it was stopped and children were getting off the bus. He decided at that time that he was going to abduct her.
On the night of her kidnapping, he turned his headlights out and had entered their driveway. They lived in a remote area, but Jayme had seen a car pulling in after her dog started barking in the middle of the night. Patterson had removed the dome light from inside the car, and had removed the glow in the dark emergency trunk release as he had planned on putting Jayme in the trunk when he made his escape.
Patterson entered the homehad blown open the front door with a 12-gauge shotgun blast and immediately killed James Closs. Patterson told law enforcement that he used a 12-gauge and took a head shot because he knew that it would cause the most damage. His intent was to kill anyone who got in the way of him taking Jayme out of the house.
Jayme and her mother were hiding in the bathtub and had attempted to barricade the door by opening a drawer on the sink so that it would block the door from opening into the bathroom. Patterson stated that he busted the door down and pulled the shower curtain down to reveal Jayme and her mother, Denise, who had her arms wrapped around her daughter protecting her. He ordered Denise to put duct tape over Jayme’s mouth and when she couldn’t because she was shaking too hard, he did it himself, as well as wrapping it around her arms and body, and bound her ankles. Denise had tried to call 911 and from the time the call was disconnected until police arrived it was four minutes. In that four minutes, Patterson had grabbed Jayme, shot Denise in the face in front of her daughter, and dragged Jayme out of the house and tossed her into the trunk.
As police raced to the scene to respond to the 911 hang up call, they had passed Jake Patterson, who had pulled to the side of the road to allow them to pass. They had no clue that the suspect was there, and that Jayme Closs was in his trunk about to embark on an 88-day journey into hell.
Once Jake Patterson got back to his family’s home in Gordon, WI he kept Jayme downstairs and would make her hide under his twin bed when his father would come over. He would turn the music up in case Jayme made any noises so his father wouldn’t hear them. It doesn’t appear that Patterson had a lot of friends. In fact, I wouldn’t be surprised if at some point it is discovered that he was a self-described incel and participated in incel forums online. If you don’t know what an incel is, it stands for involuntarily celibate. Guys who aren’t able to date for whatever reason, hang out online and commiserate with each other while discussing rape/kidnap plans of virgins so they can “train” them to be obedient and subservient. Google it. Take a barf bag with you as some of their comments and content are quite alarming.
Jayme literally saved herself. The police had no idea where she was and there were no leads that pointed towards Patterson. Thankfully, she had the courage to run from the house once Patterson had left the home. It is hard to imagine what he might have done to her at some point when it got harder to hide her. She is home with her family and Patterson has been charged with two counts of homicide, kidnapping, burglary and additional charges are expected to be filed in Douglas County, Wisconsin where he was holding Jayme.