On January 10, Jayme Closs found her way home after being held captive for 88 days.
As Dearly previously reported, the 13-year-old was discovered near a wooded area by a woman walking her dog.
Closs appeared to be wearing shoes that were too big for her. She was described as looking “unkempt” as good Samaritans called authorities to alert them that they had found Closs.
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) January 11, 2019
The teenager was abducted from her home on October 15 after an intruder barged into the Wisconsin home she lived in with her parents and shot both of them to death before kidnapping Closs.
Now, details of what exactly happened to Closs and the motive behind the murders and kidnapping are being revealed.
On January 10, police arrested and charged 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson with two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.
During his first court appearance on January 14, Patterson revealed that he chose the Closs family as his victims after seeing Jayme walking onto a school bus.
According to Fox News, that was the moment “he knew that was the girl he was going to take.” The criminal complaint continued:
The defendant stated he had no idea who she was nor did he know who lived at the house or how many people lived at the house. The defendant stated, when he saw [Jayme Closs], he knew that was the girl he was going to take.
The 21-year-old reportedly never even knew Jayme’s name until after taking her and holding her prisoner in his Gordon, Wisconsin, home. He claimed he learned of the teen’s name after seeing news articles about her.
JAKE THOMAS PATTERSON is singular suspect in Jayme Closs abduction – He is in custody
— NBC 15 News (@mynbc15) January 11, 2019
As Fox News reported, Patterson attempted to take Jayme two other times before October 15. However, he was scared off by lights each of those times.
Jayme’s explanation of the events that took place the night her parents were killed and she was abducted was also made public.
The teen explained that she was asleep when her dog began to bark. She woke up her parents, and while she and her mom stayed upstairs, her father went down to see what was going on. That’s when her father, James Closs, came face-to-face with Patterson, who was dressed in all black and armed with a gun.
Patterson allegedly first shot and killed James before making his way to the bathroom where Jayme and her mother, Denise, were hiding. It was Denise who made the 911 call from inside the home.
Patterson purportedly kicked down the door to find Jayme and Denise embracing each other while sitting in the bathtub.
According to the criminal complaint:
Patterson told her mother to put tape over [Jayme’s] mouth, which her mother did, and then Patterson shot her mother.
The 21-year-old then allegedly took Jayme, putting her in the trunk of his vehicle and drove away. She said that she could hear the sirens as officers made their way to her home as Patterson drove away.
While being held captive by Patterson, Jayme told authorities that he would often force her under a bed and contain her there by putting “heavy weights on household objects” when he would have guests.
Jayme said she was often left for hours without any food or the opportunity to use a bathroom.
But it wasn’t until January 10 that she finally found an opportunity to escape. According to Fox News, before leaving his home, Patterson told Jayme that he would be gone for about five or six hours.
It was after he left that Jayme put on a pair of her kidnapper’s shoes and left in search of help, which she found. The complaint read:
[Jayme] stated she was able to push the bins and weights away from the bed and crawl out. [Jayme] stated she put on a pair of Patterson’s shoes, walked out of the house, and walked toward the road to a woman.
Not long after police brought Jayme to safety and she was able to identify what Patterson’s car may look like, authorities stopped Patterson, who they believe was driving around searching for the teen.
Patterson remains in custody on $5 million bail.