Friday, January 11, 2019

Jake Thomas Patterson is Suspect ID'ed in Closs kidnapping

Jake Thomas Patterson

Chicago Tribune: Sheriff IDs suspect in abduction of Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs and killing of her parents.
Douglas County Sheriff Thomas Dalbec said at a news conference Friday that Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested Thursday after Jayme Closs was found near Gordon, where Patterson lives.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme's parents because he wanted to abduct her, and that Patterson "took many steps to hide his identity."
A live television news conference ended a short while ago. The expressions of joy and relief among all family, friends and others concerned with this case was overwhelming.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, who has been working so hard and so long on this case, was almost moved to tears during the news conference. This guy is a model sheriff. God Bless him and his department.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald during the news conference.

2 comments:

BB-Idaho said...

One of those bizarre crimes that thankfully are rare and random. I'm
very familiar with that Indian Head Country , probably politically incorrect, but long used. As a canoe/camper travelled various tributaries of the St. Croix which forms much of the border of that area. Barron and Gordon were places to get supplies and an old HS classmate farmed near Barron and an aunt and uncle ran a resort on a lake in the area. Northwoods people, nice,
helpful and resourceful. Give the photo, how the heck did that guy
get a gun? (I wouldn't have sold him even silverware!)

David Drake said...

It is one of those rare cases where, so far, there are no known ties or familiarity of the perp and the victims. Additional news reports say that Patterson had no prior offenses and a clean record. Other news reports say he has a brother who is a registered sex offender, but that the brother had nothing to do with this case.

I agree on not even selling him silverware.

Thanks for stopping by BB.