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New files on Closs investigation released

Updated: December 20, 2019 10:14 PM

A man convicted of kidnapping a Wisconsin girl and killing her parents told police after his arrest that he never thought Jayme Closs would escape because she was petrified, and that after holding her captive for two weeks, he believed he'd get away with his crimes, according to a transcript of a police interview.

The transcript of Jake Patterson's interview with authorities was among hundreds of pages of investigative documents released Friday by the Wisconsin Department of Justice. The files include details about tips authorities received as they were searching for Jayme, as well as evidence collected after her escape. Some of the files are redacted. 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS is continuing to go through the investigation records at this time.

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The transcript also paints a picture of a man who acted on impulse and controlled Jayme's movements around the cabin where she was held. Patterson believed he had restrained Jayme with fear, telling police he never put extra locks on the doors or windows, because he thought she'd never leave.

"I just trusted her and that, she wouldn't try to get out," he said.

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The documents released Friday included a report by the Douglas County sheriff's deputy who took Jayme to safety after she escaped. That deputy said that when they were riding in the squad car, she learned of Patterson's arrest and told Jayme he was in custody.

"Jayme showed me a small smile and we continued," the deputy wrote.

She was held captive in a cabin by Jake Patterson for three months before she was able to escape.

Patterson, 22, was sentenced to life in prison without parole in May for kidnapping Closs and killing her parents, James and Denise.

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