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Jayme Closs’ Alleged Kidnapper Revealed: Man Arrested For Teen’s Abduction, Parents’ Murder

Jayme Closs Kidnapper Charged
Source: Instagram, Barron County Sheriff's Office

Jan. 11 2019, Updated 2:36 p.m. ET

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Jayme Closs’ alleged captor has been caught — and now can reveal the shamed man’s identity.

Wisconsin native Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been arrested in the 13-year-old’s kidnapping and her parents’ gruesome murders, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department announced during a press conference on Friday, January 11.

Patterson is being held on two counts of first degree intentional homicide, and one count of kidnapping.

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The man was caught after hero Jayme gave a description of his vehicle.

"He had planned to kidnap Jayme," Sheriff Fitzgerald said. "He took many steps to hide his identity from authorities."

Now, he is is behind bars in Douglas County Jail, and the FBI is currently searching his Gordon home, two sources told

The teen is currently safe, authorities assured.

"Jayme Closs is in the comforting embrace of law enforcement as we continue our investigation," the sheriff said.


As previously reported, Jayme escaped her kidnapper after three months in captivity, and alerted a local woman walking her dog.

The woman urged a neighbor to call 911.

“It was a split-second decision,” a source close to the investigation told “It was live or die. Jayme found an opportunity to escape captivity, and she did.”

The teen, dressed in large men’s shoes, was malnourished and dehydrated, the source said.

“The things Jayme went through are so disturbing, so demented and sickening that the most twisted horror director couldn’t recreate it,” the source claimed.

Closs went missing after her parents, James and Denise, were murdered in their home on October 15.

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