GORDON, Wis. – Jake Thomas Patterson remains a mystery. At Northwood School District in Minong, where he graduated from the K-12 school in 2015, Patterson was…
GORDON, Wis. – Jake Thomas Patterson remains a mystery.
At Northwood School District in Minong, where he graduated from the K-12 school in 2015, Patterson was quiet and withdrawn, yet smart enough to be on a quiz team and able to crack a quick joke.
In the school’s yearbook, he said that after graduation he planned to enlist in the Marine Corps. and wrote, “I’m finally done with school.”
It’s not clear whether Patterson ever followed through on joining the military. He did work, for just one day, at a turkey plant, and he appears to have drifted in the background in this rural swath of Wisconsin. He did not have a criminal record.
The blanks in Patterson’s story will fill in over the coming weeks and months as he faces charges of killing Denise and James Closs and kidnapping their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme.
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On Thursday, 88 days after she was abducted, Jayme escaped from a home in Gordon where authorities said she was kept by Patterson. Sheriff’s deputies quickly apprehended Patterson, who they believe was out driving and looking for Jayme. He surrendered without incident.
Jayme is now staying with an aunt, who said in a Facebook post that the teen had a “pretty good” night’s sleep and that her family would support her throughout her healing process.
“It will be a long road, but we are family strong and we love this little girl so much!!” she said.

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