Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Barron County girl who was kidnapped last year after her parents were shot to death, managed to escape her captor after nearly three months. Jake Patterson pleaded guilty March 27 to killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping Jayme in October and was sentenced in May to life in prison. Jayme was honored by state legislators for her bravery. Here's a look back at the case.
The transcript of Jake Patterson's interview with authorities was among hundreds of pages of investigative documents released Friday by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.
Now 14, she issued a statement Monday, a day before the one-year anniversary of the fatal shootings and abduction at her home near Barron in northwest Wisconsin.
The man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents in northern Wisconsin has been moved to a prison in New Mexico.
The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has erased any record of the man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents from its inmate loca…
A Cameron man who broke into Jayme Closs’ home and stole her clothing after she was abducted was sentenced to two years of probation Wednesday.
“There are some things that Jake Patterson can’t take away,” 13-year-old Jayme Closs said in her statement. “He can’t own me.”
"There's some things that Jake Patterson can never take from me. He can't take my freedom. He thought that he could own me but he was wrong. I was smarter. I watched his routine and I took back my freedom. I will always have my freedom and he will not.
Jake Patterson, 21, was sentenced to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for abducting 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her paren…
A teenager who was held prisoner in a Wisconsin cabin for three months before escaping her abductor is being honored by state lawmakers.
Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old who was held prisoner in a Wisconsin cabin for three months before escaping her abductor, was honored this week by state lawmakers as a "hometown hero."
Kidnapping survivor Elizabeth Smart is awed and impressed with Jayme Closs and her courageous escape from captivity after 88 days of being hel…
The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported that a probation and parole agent filed a one-paragraph letter Monday telling a Barron County Circuit Court judge that Jake Patterson stated he was advised by his lawyer not to cooperate.
A new television documentary about Jayme Closs’ abduction and escape promises to reveal “new details” and include “exclusive interviews” with …
An expert on criminals says what was known about Jake Patterson didn’t fit the patterns that typically emerge in criminal deviance.
A Wisconsin man pleaded guilty Wednesday to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, in a move that spares the girl held captive in a remote cabin for three months from the possible trauma of having to testify at his trial.
Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Barron County girl who was kidnapped last year after her parents were shot to death, managed to escape her captor…
Jake Patterson, 21, wrote in a letter to Minneapolis' KARE-TV earlier this month that he intends to plead guilty, but his attorneys have not returned repeated messages seeking to confirm that he will do so at the arraignment Wednesday.
Smart spoke to about 1,300 people Friday night at Barron High School, as residents try to understand how they can support Closs.
The Barron County Sheriff's Department posted on Facebook on Wednesday saying Smart, who was was 14 when she was kidnapped from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, will speak at the Barron Area Community Center on March 15.
There’s an added level of grief and loss for those who believed a crime like this could never be committed in a community as small as Barron, which has a population of about 3,000.
Jayme Closs and her family say they’re grateful for the tens of thousands of dollars in donations made from people around the world since the 13-year-old girl escaped from the man accused of kidnapping her and killing her parents.
Jayme Closs was taken in October in an attack that included the shotgun slayings of her parents, James and Denise Closs, at the family's home. A 21-year-old man is charged with kidnapping and murder.
Patrick Patterson told ABC News that he wants Jayme Closs and her relatives to know his family's hearts are broken for them. Patterson says he's "very sorry for everything that has happened."
A man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and killing her parents waived his right to a preliminary hearing Wednesday, telling his family, "I love you," moments after he was ordered to stand trial.
Notable events in the disappearance and discovery of Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed …
The Jayme Closs case has caused some parents to become more protective. While it’s a natural reaction for parents, experts say, they warn that limiting kids’ freedom in the hopes of avoiding a rare, heinous act may put them at greater risk of lifelong psychological distress.
Wisconsin authorities have examined call logs, photos and videos stored on the cellphone of the man accused of kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and killing her parents, according to court documents filed Tuesday.
A Wisconsin prosecutor said Friday he has no plans "in the immediate future" to file additional charges against the man accused of kidnapping Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs and killing her parents.
What could possibly have transformed this lean, prematurely balding and reserved young man into the alleged perpetrator of a brutal crime that shocked a nation?
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.
Defense attorneys for the man accused of kidnapping a Wisconsin teenager and killing her parents acknowledged Wednesday that they're starting the case at a disadvantage after their client gave detectives a detailed confession and said they're not sure he can get a fair trial in the state.
Closs escaped and is home safe now and her alleged abductor is in jail, but unease lingers. How does a community guard against such an arbitrary crime? And how can anyone feel safe again?
A 911 call has been released providing details on the rescue of Jayme Closs, the Barron girl who was abducted after her parents were killed Oct. 15 and escaped last Thursday.
Milwaukee FBI spokesman Leonard Peace said Tuesday that the reward remains under review. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the reward is being discussed with the FBI and will be determined later.
The 12-page complaint against Jake Thomas Patterson focused almost entirely on Jayme's abduction and her escape, without lingering on her time in captivity.
Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, who is being held in $5 million bail, told detectives that he made two aborted trips to her family’s home before finally carrying out an attack in which he fatally shot Jayme’s mother in front of her, according to a criminal complaint.
UW-Madison clinical nursing professor Pamela McGranahan encouraged parents to set aside time to answer their children’s questions and address their fears.
Jake Thomas Patterson, who is scheduled to make his first court appearance on Monday, appears to have led an unremarkable existence until the night of his alleged crimes, blending into the state's vast northwestern forests.
The grandfather of the 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl who authorities say escaped a man who killed her parents and held her captive for three months said Sunday she's in "exceptionally good spirits."
"She is going to have to grieve the loss of her parents and also come to terms with the fact she was abducted, escaped and whatever (other) hell she went through," Katie Beers said. "And it's not going to be easy."
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Jake Thomas Patterson, who had no prior criminal record, "planned his actions and took many steps to hide his identity."
The girl who went missing last year following the murder of her parents was found alive barely an hour's drive away, by a woman who stumbled across the 13-year-old girl and pounded on her neighbors' door shouting: "This is Jayme Closs! Call 911!"
Social media was ablaze with rumors Thursday afternoon that an investigation in Walworth County might be tied to missing teen Jayme Closs, but it turned out to be an investigation that led to the arrest of a Franklin business owner on tentative homicide charges, according to Franklin police.
Jayme Closs has been missing since her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found fatally shot in their Barron County home on Oct. 15.
A trucking company and a graphic design firm teamed up to put information on the sides of a semi-trailer about Closs, 13, who has been missing since Oct. 15, the day police found her parents murdered in their rural Barron home.
Hundreds of people attended a gathering Wednesday evening in Barron to light a "tree of hope" for Jayme Closs, who hasn't been seen since before her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found fatally shot in their home on Oct. 15.
Detectives have pursued more than 2,300 leads, watched dozens of surveillance videos and spent countless hours searching for Jayme Closs, trying to figure out what happened to her ever since her parents were fatally shot in their home near Barron in northwestern Wisconsin.
Police frankly admit that they’re stumped and desperate for clues as to who killed them and why. They have no leads, no weapon and no motive.
Jayme Closs, 13, disappeared early on Oct. 15, when sheriff's deputies responding to a 911 call found the door to her family's home in northwestern Wisconsin's Barron County kicked in and her parents, James and Denise Closs, shot dead inside. Investigators believe Jayme was abducted.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said 32-year-old Kyle Jaenke-Annis was arrested over the weekend at the home of James and Denise Closs, but he is not a suspect in the disappearance of Jayme Closs.
The reward for information leading to the whereabouts of a 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed has been doubled,…
The search for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl whose parents were killed enters its 12th day Friday and investigators still haven't said if they have clues as to what was behind the attack and suspected abduction.
Authorities offered a $25,000 reward Wednesday for any information leading to the location of a Wisconsin girl who disappeared after her parents were shot to death last week.
Hundreds of volunteers walked through swamps, cornfields and woods Tuesday in search of clues to what happened to 13-year-old Jayme Closs.
BARRON -- Funeral services are planned Saturday for the couple shot to death in their home last week and whose daughter has been missing ever since.
BARRON — One hundred volunteers joined the search for a Wisconsin girl who has been missing since her parents were found fatally shot in their home.
A missing Wisconsin girl’s parents were shot to death in their house while the girl was home, authorities said Wednesday as they urged the pub…
BARRON — A Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn’t a runaway and investigators believe s…
James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, who were found dead in their rural Barron home by law enforcement early Monday, after police received a call from a cellphone within the home. The Closses’ daughter, 13-year-old Jayme, is missing and considered endangered.
Investigators don't have any leads or suspects, but they have enlisted the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI.
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