Horrible details about Jayme Closs’ time in captivity at her alleged abductor’s house emerge

Mary Scott
Jan 15, 2019
07:15 P.M.
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New, horrific details have emerged about the 88 days Jayme Closs spent at the home where she was held captive. Details about the very first day her abductor decided to kidnap her have been revealed.


After spending close to three months living in a nightmare, Jayme has now shared what it felt like to be held hostage in the house of her alleged kidnapper, Jake Thomas Patterson, 21.

The 13-year-old revealed the details in a criminal complaint filed against Patterson. According to the document, Patterson shot Jayme’s father, James Closs, on the night of October 15 after knocking on the door at their Wisconsin home.


The complaint, obtained by PEOPLE, alleged Jayme and her mother, Denise Closs hid in the bathroom after seeing Patterson at the door with a gun. Denise put a call through to 911 but Patterson "broke down the bathroom door” and told her to “hang up the phone” before she could pass across any coherent message.


Patterson confirmed to investigators that Denise wrapped her daughter in a bear hug inside the bathtub, alleged the complaint. He "told her mother to put tape over (Jayme's) mouth, which her mother did, and then Patterson shot her mother."


Patterson kidnapped Jayme that night, and according to the complaint, when he arrived at his rural Gordon, Wisconsin home, he put her clothes in a bag and "made a comment about not having evidence."

Jayme further revealed, said the complaint, that Patterson would sometimes have friends over and "made it clear that nobody was to know she was there or bad things would happen to her." He also played loud music to conceal her presence and would make her hide under his bed.


The document stated:

"When he made her hide under his bed (Jayme) stated he stacked totes and laundry bins around the bed with weights (like weights for barbells) stacked against them, so she could not move them without his being able to detect it if she did."

The complaint also alleged that Jayme “described how, on one occasion, Patterson got mad at her and hit her ‘really hard’ on her back with what she described as a handle for something used to clean blinds and that it hurt really bad when Patterson hit her with it.”


The complaint details how Patterson allegedly discovered Jayme and decided to kidnap her. He first spotted Jayme on his way to work one day and even though he had no idea who she was, said: "he knew that was the girl he was going to take."


On January 10, Jayme escaped after Patterson said he was going to be out for about five to six hours, the complaint said.

Patterson, who had no prior criminal record and was never on the radar of investigators, has now been charged with two counts of first-degree homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.


At his first court appearance on Monday, Patterson was asked not to enter a plea, and a judge set his bail at $5 million.

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