Kidnapping Suspect Due in Court

Kidnapping Suspect Due in Court Click to Enlarge Photo: Barron County Sheriff's Office

(AP) - Authorities say the man suspected of kidnapping a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl made "great efforts" to avoid leaving any evidence.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Friday that Jake Patterson changed his physical appearance before the October attack and the abduction of Jayme Closs, including shaving his head to avoid leaving any hair behind. He says investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme's parents to abduct her.

Fitzgerald says investigators have recovered more than one gun, including a shotgun consistent with the type of gun used to kill Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs. He says the shotgun still needs to be tested to determine if it was the weapon used.

Fitzgerald says investigators have no evidence that Patterson knew anyone at the Closs home or had contact with anyone there. And he says investigators don't believe there was a social media connection between Patterson and Jayme.

He says investigators don't know how Patterson "became aware of Jayme."

His initial court hearing is scheduled for Monday and records show he doesn't have an attorney yet.

Jayme was taken back to her hometown of Barron on Friday to be reunited with her relatives. She was releasedd to her aunt.

Authorities say Jayme managed to escape Thursday from a remote home near Gordon, which is about 60 miles north of Barron.


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