Jayme Closs reunited with aunt; police recover shotgun

The Barron County Sheriff has provided another update on the teen's discovery.
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Jayme Closs has been reunited with one of her aunts in hospital, having being found alive on Thursday evening almost three months after going missing.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says that Jayme will be reunited with the rest of her family on Friday evening and is "as well as the circumstances allow."

Earlier on Friday, 21-year-old Jake Patterson, of Gordon, Wisconsin, was revealed to be the suspect being held on suspicion of kidnapping Jayme and killing her parents, James and Denise Closs, on Oct. 15 in rural Barron.

Fitzgerald revealed during a Friday afternoon press conference that a shotgun believed to have been used in the killing of her parents has been recovered.

He said that the gun was used to shoot open the door to the Closs residence before being turned on Jayme's parents. It is still undergoing testing to confirm it was the gun used.

Patterson was allegedly keeping Jayme at a house in Gordon, but was out of the property when Jayme escaped on Thursday afternoon and raised the alarm.

Fitzgerald says that Jayme "is the hero" in this case, after making her own escape.

Patterson was said to have been out looking for her when Douglas County deputies arrested him shortly after Jayme was found by a dog walker 9 miles east of Gordon.

Jayme had given police a detailed description of Patterson and the vehicle he was driving, which led deputies to the 21 year old.

Fitzgerald says that Patterson had allegedly targeted Jayme for abduction, and went to "great lengths" to prepare to take her.

This includes taking steps to leave no physical trace he had been at the house, namely shaving his head so as not to leave any hair behind.

Patterson is facing two counts of 1st degree intentional murder and one count of 1st-degree kidnapping. He's due to make his first court appearance, where he'll be formally charged, on Monday afternoon.

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It's not clear why he targeted Jayme

The Associated Press reports the rural house Jayme was being held in had previously been owned by Patterson's father, but the title was transferred to a credit union on Oct. 23, eight days after Jayme went missing.

According to Fitzgerald, Patterson was unemployed as of the time of his arrest.

It did come out on Friday afternoon that Patterson had worked at the Jennie-O plant in Barron, for a single day in 2016, the same place Jayme's parents were employed.

However, he is not thought to have had any contact with the Closses on that day.

"Nearly three years ago, Jake Patterson was hired one day but quit the next, citing that he was moving from the area. He has not been employed with Jennie-O since then," said Steve Lykken, president of Jennie-O Turkey Store, in a statement sent to BMTN.

"We are still mourning the loss of longtime Jennie-O family members Jim and Denise, but our entire team is celebrating with the community, and the world, that Jayme has been found."

Despite the apparent effort Patterson made into planning the abduction, at this moment police do not know how he became aware of Jayme, but Fitzgerald did rule out any connection made over social media.

"That is the key question: Why and how he was able to hide this over 88 days?" he said.

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