Letter posted online reportedly written by suspect in Closs kidnapping

Jake Thomas Patterson Photo: Polk County Jail
Jake Thomas Patterson

February 18, 2019 10:28 PM

A photo of a disturbing letter is circulating online. 

Radar Online claims the letter was written by 21-year-old Jake Patterson, the suspect in the Jayme Closs case


The 13-year-old teenage target was mentioned in the letter and Jayme's name was surrounded by hearts. 

Patterson is currently in custody in the Polk County Jail.  The communication was handwritten in pencil and dated 2019.  There is a cross drawn at the bottom of the paper and Patterson's name scrawled on the envelope.  The return address is blacked out.  The online post does not share who or where the letter was mailed to. It appears to be a response to mail Patterson received in his cell.

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The author reveals his family still supports him and there has been very little hate mail.  Patterson also indicates a sense of "infatuation" with Jayme. 

Patterson talked about his favorite foods and said he and Jayme liked to "cook a bunch of stuff together."

No where in the communication did Patterson display any remorse.  In fact, he wrote, "I went from never committing a crime or really doing anything bad to doing the worst thing a human can do."

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald confirmed investigators are looking into the source of the message.  When asked why a murder and kidnapping suspect might be allowed to communicate with anyone outside of jail, Fitzgerald replied inmates have the legal right to send and receive mail every day. 

Jayme's relatives and legal guardian said they are doing their best to shield her from things like this.  In fact, every single card or gift of support sent in her name to the local post office is screened.  

Fitzgerald said investigators are checking to see if the letter violates any conditions of Patterson's bond.   

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