Suspect in Jayme Closs case identified

January 11, 2019 06:40 PM

UPDATE: 2:50 p.m.

Jennie-O Turkey, where Jim and Denise Closs were employed, issued a statement about Jayme's recovery Friday. 


In the statement, the company said Jake Patterson was employed at Jennie-O Turkey for one day "nearly three years ago." The statement said he quit, "citing that he was moving from the area."

The suspect who was taken into custody Thursday after 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found alive has been identified.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald confirmed the suspect taken into custody was 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, of Gordon, Wisconsin.

Fitzgerald said Patterson is currently being held on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide for the murder of Jayme's parents. Patterson is also being held on one count of kidnapping.

Patterson is currently being held in the Barron County Jail.

Fitzgerald said investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme's parents because he wanted to abduct her, and that Patterson "took many steps to hide his identity."

On Thursday, Jayme approached a woman walking her dog in Gordon, Wisconsin, told her a man killed her parents, and said she needed help. Gordon is roughly an hour's drive north of Barron, where Jayme was last seen in October.

RELATED: Jayme Closs, found alive, to return home to Barron, Wis. Friday

Jean Serum - superintendent of the Northwood School District in Douglas County, Wisconsin - told KSTP Patterson graduated in 2015. Serum said she remembers Patterson as a quiet and good student. She said he was a member of the Quiz Ball team.

Serum said the school has requested extra counselors and law enforcement officials to be present to help students who might be struggling with the news.

In 2017, Patterson worked for one day at Great Lakes Renewable Energy in Hayward.

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