The man suspected of kidnapping Jayme Closs killed her parents so he could get to her, investigators say

Police said 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson killed Jayme Closs’ parents in order to kidnap her. Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald said though it appears Patterson was specifically targeting Closs, there was no indication he knew or had interacted with the family. Fitzgerald said Patterson, who was charged with murder and kidnapping, had taken steps to shift his identity before the crime, including a haircut to ensure he wouldn’t leave behind physical evidence.

Police said Friday they believe 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson killed 13-year-old Jayme Closs‘ parents in order to abduct her.

Barron County Sheriff Christopher Fitzgerald

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