What we know so far about the Jayme Closs suspect

Jake Patterson is due to appear in court on Monday afternoon.
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The man suspected of abducting Jayme Closs after killing her parents is expected in court Monday afternoon to answer formal kidnapping and murder charges.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wisconsin, was arrested on Thursday just minutes after Jayme was found after being missing for almost 3 months.

Ahead of the Monday hearing and the release of a formal criminal complaint, here's what we know so far about Patterson.

– Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said he targeted Jayme for abduction, allegedly using a shotgun to blast his way into her home in rural Barron and kill her parents. At this stage, police do not know how he became aware of Jayme, but did rule out any contact made via social media.

– He is suspected of taking steps to leave no evidence behind at the scene for police to find. The full details of the measures he took have not been revealed by police, but Fitzgerald did say he shaved his head so as not to leave any hair at the Closs house.

– At the time Jayme was found, he was allegedly keeping her at a house in the sparsely-populated Eau Claire Acres, a development 9 miles east of Gordon. A neighbor told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel he had moved into the house with his family 15 years ago. His parents had since moved out, though Patterson and his brother continued to use the home. Authorities say it appears Patterson took steps to conceal Jayme from people he knew.

– He was out of the house when Jayme escaped on Thursday, police say, and was allegedly looking for her in a vehicle when he was found by deputies a short time later. Fitzgerald said they found several vehicles at the property in Gordon, and haven't revealed yet if any match the description of the vehicles of interest from the early stages of the investigation.

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– In 2016, Patterson worked for a single day at the Jennie-O Store facility in Barron, the same place of work of Jayme's parents, James and Denise. Jennie-O said that he quit the next day and never worked for the company again, while Fitzgerald said Patterson had no contact with the Closs family during that day of work.

– Patterson was unemployed at the time of his arrest and is believed to have been jobless throughout the 88 days Jayme was missing. Jayme's grandfather however told KARE 11 that he'd learned Patterson had recently applied for a job at a liquor store.

– He attended school in the Northwood School in Minong, Wisconsin, where he has been described as smart but quiet and withdrawn.

– At the time of his arrest, Patterson did not have any criminal record and was not on the law enforcement radar. His brother had several run-ins with the law, though it's not clear if he was living at the Gordon house at the time Jayme was taken, with his Facebook profile suggesting he'd moved to Colorado, Heavy.com notes.

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