The father of a Wisconsin man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents says he hopes to get a note to the girl’s family.
“All I care about right now is Jayme’s family. I want to get them a note,” Patrick Patterson told CNN on Monday, shortly after his son, 21-year-old Jake Patterson, was formally charged with homicide, kidnapping and burglary.
Patrick Patterson, who didn’t say much else to the outlet, was initially seated on the prosecution side of the Barron County courtroom during his son’s hearing on Monday. A deputy reportedly asked him to move to the defense side. The father sobbed as the charges against his son were read during the court hearing.
According to ABC, the suspect’s grandfather, Jim Moyer, claimed that their family knew nothing of what the suspect planned and had no idea he was allegedly keeping 13-year-old Jayme captive inside a remote home in Gordon. Moyer described suspect Patterson as a nice and “quiet boy” who spent most of his time playing video games.
“Nobody had any clues up until this thing happened,” Moyer explained. “Nobody will ever know what went on in his mind. I can’t fathom anything in his life that could change him so drastically. It has to be some kind of a twist in the mindset…..Something went terribly wrong, nobody had any clues … We are absolutely heartbroken.”
As CrimeOnline previously reported, Jake Patterson told authorities that he spotted Jayme getting off of a school bus and said “he knew that was the girl he was going to take.” Afterward, Patterson began planning the plot to take the young girl captive. The suspect admitted Jayme was a random target and he hadn’t had contact with her before.
On October 15, the suspect allegedly shot down the door of Jayme’s home in Barron, before shooting and killing her father, James Closs, with a Mossberg pump shotgun. Jake Patterson then made his way to a bathroom, where he found Denise Closs hiding in a bathtub with Jayme, with her arms wrapped protectively around the young girl. Patterson reportedly shot Denise in the head, then dragged the girl to his car, a red Ford Taurus, and shoved her into his trunk.
Jayme was held captive for 88 days inside the suspect’s home. On January 10, she managed to escape while Patterson was away. She ran to a woman, Jeanne Nutter, that she spotted walking a dog nearby and asked for help.
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Jayme is now back home in Barron, living with an aunt. Prosecutors announced earlier this week that Jayme will not be asked to testify at Patterson’s trial, at least as far as they know. Instead, the prosecution plans to build their case on Patterson’s confession, evidence, and the information Jayme gave police.
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[Feature Photo: Jayme Closs, Jake Patterson/Handout]