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In a miracle twist, Jayme Closs was able to escape her suspected kidnapper James Patterson — but her parents faced a much more horrific fate from the nightmare ordeal, RadarOnline.com can report from shocking new court documents.
According to the criminal complaint released on January 14 by Barron County prosecutors, deputies responded to a 911 call at 1 am on October 15 at the Closs home, where they found father James' bloodied body lying on the floor with his feet near the front door.
James had "significant trauma to his face and head" — and blood and brain splattering were found on the west wall directly behind the wooden entrance door, according to the affidavit.
"Detective Jeff Nelson, with the Barron County Sheriff's Department reports that, based on his training and experience, the head and face trauma to James appeared to be that of a gunshot wound," the court record stated.
Deputies also saw three spent shotgun shells next to James' body, and near the hallway of the front of the bathroom, where his wife Denise' body was found sitting upright in the bathtub, according to the affidavit.
Detectives said there were thread patterns visible in blood in the entry way just inside the main door next to James' body. The thread patterns appeared to be from "tactical type boots," according to the affidavit.
According to the prosecutors, Denise' bloodied head was lying against the lower bathtub, partially covered by a vinyl shower curtain.
"Detective Nelson reports that, based on his training and experience, the head trauma to Denise also appeared to be that of a gunshot wound to the head with the read backside of her head and skull plat being completely removed and lying next to her body in the bathtub," prosecutors wrote in the complaint.
Detectives on the scene deduced Denise attempted to barricade herself in the bathroom before she was shot to death. Evidence showed the bathroom door had been "kicked or breached or forcibly manipulated in such a manner where it was basically split in two in a horizontal manner prior to being forcibly opened," according to the affidavit.
Detectives also saw a cell phone lying with the scene side down on the floor near the door jam and hinge side of the bathroom door, according to the affidavit.
Dispatchers who initially answered the 911 from the Closs home said screaming could be heard in the background, prosecutors said.
Final autopsy reports showed James died from a shotgun wound to the head and neck, and the manner of death was ruled a homicide. The medical examiner also determined Denise's cause of death was a shotgun wound to the head, which was also ruled a homicide.
Detectives said the wooden entrance door to the home was forcibly entered and the decorative glass on the door was shattered. Detectives said it appeared the door had been shot with a shotgun, and a shotgun shell also was found near the area of the deadbolt lock.
Patterson is scheduled to appear in court Monday afternoon to face two counts of first degree-murder for the October incident, as well as charges for armed burglary and for kidnapping 13-year old Jayme, who was able to escape her alleged captor and run for help last week.
"He killed my parents...Please help!" the hero teen said, according to the good samaritan Jeanne Nutter.
She is now at home with family members recovering from the trauma.
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