Mum of Jayme Closs' kidnapper is reportedly 'totally distraught' and afraid to leave home

Jaimie-lee Prince
Jan 16, 2019
12:08 P.M.
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Jayme Closs' abduction affected a number of persons on the sides of both families. Neighbors have noticed that the abductor's mother was hit hard by the incident.


Deborah Frey lives in the small town of Haugen, Wisconson. According to her neighbors, she is now afraid to leave her home. The Rice Lake School District expressed her fears to a neighbor.

Michael Bogenschneider spoke to the Daily Mail, saying that texts from Frey reflect a "distraught" feeling at what her son did. However, many of the town's residents have shown her support.

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Two months ago, Frey got remarried to husband Kevin Frey. Her happiness turned out to be short-lived when she learned of her son's actions on January 10.

Jake Thomas Patterson killed 13-year-old Closs' parents on October 15, 2018. He then kidnapped the girl and held her captive in a remote cabin. Somehow, Closs made her escape last Thursday.

The young girl was recognized on the street by a woman walking her dog. She was taken to a neighbor's home and they called the police.


Patterson, 21, later told police of the exact moment he had settled on kidnapping Closs. He saw her at her school's bus stop, he said.

Right away, Patterson said he "knew that was the girl he was going to take." No particular reason is given as to why Patterson chose Closs.

No connection is found between the Closs family and Patterson. Patterson did work at the Saputo Cheese Factory where James and Denise Closs worked.


However, there is no evidence that the two interacted. Furthermore, Patterson was there for only two days before he stopped going to work.

Closs managed to escape on the day her abductor left to visit his mom. Frey lives one hour away from the location her son kept the young girl.

Her neighbor Bogenschneider said:

"I would see him [Jake] across the street but not to talk to him. They're good people. But he's a freak. It's going to take a while for her to deal."

He called the events "shocking." He was not the first to stand up for Frey amid the situation. Her neighbors have left flowers on her porch to show their support.


Some of them described Patterson as troubled and always alone. He was reportedly ignored by his own family. He had a go at the Marines but left after just five weeks.

In school, Patterson was awkward but other times very funny according to former classmates. He avoided the school prom but was part of the quiz bowl team.

He refused to take certain pictures, including for his graduation ceremony. He's also remained off the grid regarding social media.


Patterson was just 12 when his mother and father divorced in 2008. He and his brother were in foster care for a while after that. Patterson's father and brother were the only family members present at his hearing on Monday.

The brother lived with Patterson at the same cabin in which he held Closs for a while. The two would get into trouble for theft and other small crimes.

On Thursday, Closs gave the police a description of Patterson's vehicle so that they could make the arrest. He was charged with abduction and homicide.


Meanwhile, Closs is staying with her relatives and is doing okay. Her aunt, Jennifer Smith, updated interested persons through Facebook.

“Jayme had a pretty good night sleep. It was great to know she was next to me all night what a great feeling to have her home.”

She even shared pictures of a smiling Closs. The young girl was happy to hold her dog again and to have the love of her cousins.

Of course, she also has an abundance of support from outsiders who sympathize with her ordeal. We wish her the best moving forward.

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