A man has been charged with kidnapping, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and armed burglary in the abduction of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and the slaying of her parents.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was arrested last week after Jayme apparently escaped from a remote northwestern Wisconsin cabin where she says she was held. Patterson was charged on Monday afternoon local time as relatives of the teenage girl stared him down in court.
Investigators say the 21-year-old man broke into James and Denise Closs’ home near Barron, Wisconsin on October 15 by blowing the front door open with a shotgun. Jayme’s parents were shot to death and the teenager vanished the same day. Investigators believe Patterson planned to abduct Jayme but say they don’t know what led him to target her.
She was missing for almost three months before a woman walking her dog near Gordon, Wisconsin, found her on the road. Jayme said she had escaped from Patterson’s cabin nearby.
Photos published by the New York Post show the cabin’s living area, complete with a refrigerator, white kitchen cabinets and an old television.
The ceiling is not finished.
Exterior shots show a lean-to covering firewood, a three-car garage and an empty box of adult female diapers in a trash can. A sign over the front door reads “Pattersons Retreat.”
Relatives of the 13-year-old told media they aren’t asking the girl to tell them what happened while she was held captive for three months.
Her aunts say they’re surrounding Jayme with love and attention. Lynn Closs and Sue Allard told CBS This Morning that they’re telling their niece they’re proud of her for surviving and escaping.
Lynn Closs said her niece’s strength is incredible and that she took the power away from her captor.