Jake Patterson, 21, arrested for the kidnapping of Jayme Closs

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BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (KTTC) – An emotional press conference, but one that identified the suspect charged for the murder of Jayme Closs’ parents and Jayme’s kidnapping.

The man was identified as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson from Gordon, Wis during a press conference Friday morning. Patterson is being held in the Barron County Jail.

His charges include two counts of first degree murder and one count of kidnapping.

FBI, DCI, State Patrol, Douglass Count Investigative and Barron County are all working to find answers in this case.

A criminal complaint is expected to be filed by Saturday.

No other suspects are being considered at this time as officials believe Patterson acted alone.

According to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, Patterson did not have close ties to Closs, but did have a home in Gordon. Patterson’s house is being searched at this time.

The suspect reportedly took many steps to hide his identity from officials.

Patterson is not a Jennie-O employee. Fitzgerald said Patterson is currently unemployed.

Officials do believe that Jayme Closs was the suspect’s target, but say he had little or no contact with the family before the October incident.

Fitzgerald said that Closs is in good condition and is set to be released from medical care. Closs will also go through questioning and mental health support.

“First unreal, and is it true. And then when we confirmed with the sheriff’s team that it was her… my legs started to shake man,” said Sheriff Fitzgerald. “It was awesome, the stress and relief. It was just… it was just awesome. I don’t have a different word, just fabulous, just great.”

Sheriff Fitzgerald also cleared up the confusion during Thursday’s false sighting and stated that the news was false as reiterated in a Facebook post by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.

Officials were notified 88 days ago on Oct. 15. that Jayme Closs was lost. She was reportedly taken against her will and escaped from the residence where she was being held.

Barron Area School District Superintendent also spoke at the news conference and recognized Jayme’s bravery.

“We want to thank Jayme for being so courageous and for achieving an opportunity to find her way back to us. What an extraordinary young lady,” said Diane Tremblay, Barron Area School District Superintendent.

Tune into our Facebook page for another news conference at 4 p.m. for more updates.

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Posted by KTTC TV on Friday, January 11, 2019

Nikki Naik

Nikki Naik

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