Wisconsin man arrested in teen’s abduction, parents’ deaths

National News

January 11, 2019 - 4:15 PM

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald holds up a mugshot of Jake Patterson, the 21-year old suspected of kidnapping 13-year old Jayme Closs and murdering her parents last October. (Aaron Lavinsky/Minneapolis Star Tribune/TNS)

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 21-year-old unemployed man shot a Wisconsin couple to death in a scheme to kidnap their 13-year-old daughter, holding the girl captive for three months in an isolated north woods community before she managed to escape, authorities said Friday.

Jayme Closs was skinny, disheveled and wearing shoes too big for her when she approached a stranger to tell her story Thursday in the small town of Gordon, where police said Jake Thomas Patterson lived.

Her discovery set off joy and relief 60 miles away in her hometown of Barron, population 3,300, ending an all-out search that gripped the state, with many people fearing the worst the longer she was missing.

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