/Neighbors: Jayme Closs suspected kidnapper was different, secretive

Neighbors: Jayme Closs suspected kidnapper was different, secretive





Neighbors of the man facing charges for kidnapping Jayme Closs and killing her parents call him “different” and “secret.”

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was arrested on tentative charges of kidnapping and two counts of first-degree intentional homicide. Jayme was found Thursday afternoon when a woman walking her dog saw her running down the street. 

Michael Peterson told News 3 he lives across the street from Patterson. Peterson said he was a “secretive kid,” and didn’t talk much. Both Peterson and another neighbor accused Patterson of stealing gas from neighborhood garages over the years.

Another neighbor said she and her husband had problems years ago with the man suspected of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents.

Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Patterson’s parents moved to Gordon about 15 years ago.

She said the parents later moved away but Patterson and his brother continued to use the home. She says she and her husband once caught them siphoning gas. She says her husband spoke with them and they didn’t have any further problems.

Ronning said she didn’t know Patterson was living in the house and hadn’t seen Jayme around.

A woman who called 911 to report that Closs had been found says the girl told her that the man arrested in the case “killed my parents and took me.”

Kristin Kasinskas told The Associated Press on Friday that Jayme Closs said she didn’t know why she was targeted.

Kasinskas says she doesn’t really know Patterson even though he lives three doors down from her. She says she taught him middle school science but only remembers that he was quiet.

Kasinskas says she didn’t see Patterson during the months that Jayme was missing.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Jayme Closs escaped a residence in Gordon. He said investigators believe Patterson planned his actions to carefully hide his identity.

Fitzgerald said investigators believe Patterson killed Jayme’s parents because he wanted to abduct her, and that Patterson “took many steps to hide his identity.” He also said Patterson had no criminal record.

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