A young girl is safe, after nearly three months being held captive. 13-year-old Jayme Closs was taken from her home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15. Her parents were murdered that day, but Jayme has been found alive.
21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is facing charges of homicide and kidnapping. On Friday afternoon, authorities released more details about the case.
Authorities do not believe Patterson had ever contacted anyone from the Closs family before the kidnapping and murders.
They are still trying to figure out what connection or motive he had to target the Closs family.
They do believe his motivation was to get to Jayme. Patterson shaved his head before the attack to allegedly prevent any hair from becoming evidence at the scene.
A gun found with Patterson matches the weapon used to kill the Closs parents; it was a shotgun.
Authorities are not looking for any more suspects at this time. However, they are looking into any family and friends of Patterson who may have helped him in the last three months.
“I know all of you are searching for the answer of why any of this happened… believe me so are we. Not knowing might bite us for some time, but again our goal is to continue to do what’s right for Jayme and seek that justice is served,” said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald.
Authorities are still examining the house where Jayme was being held. She has been placed with a family member while they figure out who will take custody of the young girl.