Suspect in Closs kidnapping to appear in court Monday

MADISON (WKOW) — It’s been a weekend of celebration in northern Wisconsin, as Jayme Closs returned home to Barron. Now, nearly three months after she disappeared, prosecutors are preparing to charge a suspect in her kidnapping.

The man accused of abducting Jayme and killing her parents is 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson. Prosecutors plan to charge him with kidnapping and two counts of homicide in his first court appearance on Monday. Right now he’s being held at the Barron County Jail.

Investigators have now left the home in Douglas County, where authorities say Jayme was held. They started searching Thursday after a neighbor out for a walk found Jayme, who said she had escaped.

A man who lives nearby says the layout of that house might have kept her hidden.

“The way that the house is kind of angled, from the road there’s no way you can even see. There’s no windows facing that side of the road. The windows are facing more the opposite side. So, you can’t tell if there’s lights on,” said Adam Wilson.

Records show the suspect’s father owned the cabin, but the title was transferred to Superior Credit Union eight days after Jayme disappeared.

Jayme went missing October 15th. Her parents were found shot to death in their home in Barron. 88 days later, Jayme was found alive near that town of Gordon home, which is about an hour away from her family’s home. The suspect was taken into custody the same day.

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