Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs – miraculously found alive three months after her violent kidnapping – was targeted by a 21-year-old man, who authorities believe was a complete stranger, who knock on her door, murdered her parents, and held her captive for 88 days. (Fox News)
The suspect in the teen’s disappearance was identified as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, of Gordon. A criminal complaint charging Patterson with two counts of homicide and one count of kidnapping is “expected to be filed next week,” the District Attorney’s Office said Friday, according to the Star Tribune. He was arrested Thursday on homicide and kidnapping charges.
Douglas County Sheriff Thomas Dalbec said Patterson surrendered peacefully and was arrested “just down the road from the residence.” His first court appearance has not been scheduled.
Authorities said they believed Closs was Patterson’s “only target” and was taken against her will.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Patterson, who had no prior criminal record, “planned his actions and took many steps to hide his identity.” He said Patterson killed Closs’s parents to kidnap her.
Closs seemingly vanished into thin air after her parents James, 56, and Denise, 46, were gunned down inside their home 80 miles northeast of the Twin Cities.
The FBI’s Milwaukee field office tweeted everyone involved in Closs’ safe return for their hard work.
More than anything, authorities praised Closs’ perseverance as being essential to her survival.
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