Kidnapped Wisconsin teen says she witnessed mother’s shooting death

January 14, 2019 - 2:59 pm
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BARRON, Wis. (1010 WINS) -- A teenager who was kidnapped in Wisconsin says she witnessed her mother's death, and heard her father's.

Investigators believe 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson broke into James and Denise Closs' home near Barron, Wisconsin on October 15. They say he fatally shot the couple, and abducted 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

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Closs was missing for nearly 3 months before she escaped from the cabin in Gordon where Patterson was allegedly holding her.

So far, Patterson has been charged with intentional homicide and kidnapping.

Jayme's aunt Lynn Closs spoke to CBS This Morning.

"The thing I wanted to express to her immediately, and we all do, is the pride we have in her for doing this. For getting out, for making it, for the power that she has. You know what I mean? That she took the power away from this man, that she did this," Closs said.

According to the criminal complaint, Jayme and her mother hid in the bathroom and heard the gunshot that killed her father. He then broke down the door, shot her mother, taped Jayme's hands and ankles, and threw her in the trunk of his car, the complaint alleges.

Patterson allegedly saw Closs getting on a school bus and decided that, "he knew that was the girl he was going to take."

The complaint adds that during her time as a hostage, Closs was left under a bed for hours at a time with weights, boxes, and other items blocking her in.

Police say there was no previous interaction between Patterson and the Closs family.