Father of Jayme's abductor cries while waiting to pass a note to the Closs family

Cheryl Kahla
Jan 16, 2019
07:26 P.M.
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Patrick Patterson, the father of murderer and kidnapper Jack Patterson, left a note for the Closs family at the Barron County Justice Centre. 


Patrick was reportedly crying and told officers at the center that he was too overcome with emotion to talk. 


He is concerned about Jayme Closs's wellbeing and left a note for the officers to pass to her family. He wept openly while telling an officer: 

“I’m sorry, I can’t talk. All I care about right now is Jayme’s family. I want to get them a note.”

His 21-year-old son Jake was arrested earlier this week for the murder of two Wisconson residents three months ago. 

He also kidnapped their 13-year-old daughter and held her captive until she was able to escape last week. She was reunited with her aunt yesterday.  


Since her return, the 21-year-old kidnapper and murderer, Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon, was charged with two counts of murder and one kidnapping charge. 

He is currently being detained at the Barron County Sherrif's Office, and the lead investigator on the case said they are not searching for any other suspects. 

Authorities have reason to believe that Closs was the target all along and that Patterson killed her parents in order to "remove all barriers" to the teenager. 


Jack will appear in court on February 6 at 11 am. His bail had been set at $5 million, and only his brother and father were present at the court. 

During this time, Jack will not be allowed to handle a firearm or have contact with Jayme, her family or her neighbors. 

The Closs family, including 13-year-old Jayme, sat to his right during the court proceedings. The case was postponed due to "technical difficulties."


While Jayme has not opened up to her family about the incident, the court indicated paint a horrifying picture. 

The court heard how Jayme cowered in the bathroom as Jack murdered her parents. He kicked the bathroom door down and then taped her hands and ankles together. 

Jack covered her mouth with tape and dragged her out of her home to his waiting car, where he bundled her into the trunk and took her to his cabin. 


He had developed an obsession over the teenager when he saw her getting on a school bus in her neighborhood and decided she "was the girl he was going to take." 

Jayme is currently staying with her aunt – her legal guardian – who confirmed that the teenager was "all smiles" and "happy to be back."

The case is still developing, and we will share more updates as the court proceeding progress. Follow our Twitter account, @amomama_usa, for more.