BARRON — The Wisconsin man suspected of abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents apparently applied for a job online the day that Jayme escaped, calling himself an “honest guy” even though his resume contains inaccuracies about his work experience.
Jake Patterson is charged in an Oct. 15 home invasion at the Closs home near Barron in northwestern Wisconsin. According to a criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators that he broke into the house in the middle of the night, gunned down Jayme’s parents and made off with the teen, hiding her in a remote cabin for nearly three months. Jayme escaped Jan. 10, and deputies arrested Patterson minutes later relying on her description of him and his car.
Patterson, 21, graduated from Northwood High School in Minong in spring 2015. His activities between then and the day he was arrested have largely not been made public, including his employment and how he supported himself. He had been living in the cabin in Gordon where he kept Jayme captive.
Officials with Saratoga Liquor Co. in Superior said Thursday that they received an online job application from Patterson around midday on the day Jayme escaped.
According to the application supplied to The Associated Press by the company, Patterson was trying to land a night position at the company’s warehouse. Company officials said they wouldn’t have hired him due to his lack of experience.
On the resume Patterson submitted in his application, he described himself as an “honest and hardworking guy. Not much work experience but I show up to work and am a quick learner.” He noted he worked as a “laborer” from April 2018 to November 2018, but Saratoga officials redacted the employer’s name in the provided resume.
Patterson states he served in the U.S. Marines for nine months from April 2017 to December 2017. Marine spokeswoman Yvonne Carlock has told AP that Patterson did serve, but only for about five weeks in fall 2015. Carlock said his early discharge indicated the “character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards.”
Patterson also stated he was a “production worker” from October 2016 to January 2017, specializing in packaging screens. His employer was redacted. He went on to say he graduated from high school in 2016, even though he actually graduated in 2015.
Patterson’s defense attorneys did not respond to an email request to confirm the resume.
Patterson worked for little more than a day in 2016 at the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron where Jayme’s parents worked. Investigators have said he did not know them. He also worked for two days at a cheese factory near Almena, just west of Barron. He was on his way to work there in October when he spotted Jayme getting on a school bus and decided he wanted to kidnap her.
Patterson faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, both punishable by life in prison, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary. He’s due back in court Feb. 6 for a preliminary hearing.
Associated Press writer Todd Richmond contributed to this report.