Father of Jayme Closs’ alleged abductor extends condolence to family his son ripped apart while reassuring his killer son of his love
‘Our hearts are broken for their family’: Father of Jayme Closs’ kidnapper apologizes to the 13-year-old’s relatives after telling his son ‘I love you’ as he was ordered to stand trial
Jake Patterson’s father Patrick says his heart is broken for 13-year-old Jayme Closs and her family
21-year-old Jake is charged with kidnapping Jayme and gunning down her parents Denise and James in cold blood in Wisconsin on October 15
Patterson’s father said he is still trying to make sense of what happened
He wept and told his son he loved him as Patterson waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Barron County Court on Wednesday
Jake Patterson, 21, is charged with kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs [right], after invading their home, shooting her parents Denise and James Closs in cold blood in Wisconsin on Oct 15, 2018
He is charged with kidnapping Jayme and gunning down her parents Denise and James in cold blood on October 15.
His father told ABC News after the court appearance that he is still trying to make sense of what happened.
‘My words can mean nothing after such a tragedy has taken place. I most definitely want Jayme’s family to know, everyone to know, that our hearts are broken for their family,’ Patrick said.
‘I’m very sorry for everything that has happened.
‘I wish for a complete healing of Jayme’s mind, heart and soul.’
His son Jake showed no emotion during his brief court appearance, which will now go to trial after he waived the preliminary hearing.
Emotion flicked across Patterson’s face when he was escorted past his father, sister Katie and brother Erik.
His father could be heard saying: ‘Love you Jake’.
Patterson’s siblings echoed their father, saying: ‘We love you’, as he shuffled past in handcuffs and orange prison overalls.
It was the first time Patterson had appeared in person and stood in the same room as Jayme’s relatives.
More than a dozen of Jayme’s relatives were in the courtroom and had earlier acknowledged that it was ‘going to be a hard day.’
According to the criminal complaint released shortly after Jayme was found, Patterson told investigators he knew Jayme ‘was the girl he was going to take’ after he saw her getting on a school bus near her home.He made two aborted trips to the family’s home before carrying out the attack in which he killed Jayme’s mother in front of her.
In the days that followed, thousands of people volunteered to search for Jayme.
Investigators believe Patterson hid Jayme in a remote cabin in Gordon, about 60 miles (97 kilometers) north of Barron, before she escaped and got help from a woman walking her dog.
Jayme told police that on the night she was abducted, she awoke to her dog’s barking, then woke her parents as a car came up the driveway.
Her father went to the front door as Jayme and her mother hid in a bathtub, according to the complaint. Jayme told police she heard a gunshot and knew her dad had been killed.
On the night of the killings, Patterson dressed in black and wearing a facemask, broke down the bathroom door. He allegedly taped Jayme’s mouth, hands and ankles before pulling her out of the bathtub and shooting her mother in the head, the complaint said.
He dragged Jayme outside, threw her in the trunk of his car and drove off, according to the complaint.
Patterson took her to a cabin and threatened the teen with a warning that no one could know she was there or ‘bad things could happen to her,’ the complaint said.
When he left or had friends over police reports said, he sealed the teen under the bed with tote boxes and weights so she couldn’t crawl out, sometimes for hours, according to the complaint.
When his father visited, Patterson told investigators, he turned up the radio to conceal any noise she might make.
She was forced to live in a squalid basement ‘cell’ strewn with soft toys, filthy bedding and women’s clothes.
The secret den complete with a scruffy mattress and cuddly stuffed pig is beneath Patterson’s tumbledown forest cabin in rural Gordon.
A stash of kids’ backpacks, including one with panda ears, can be seen piled up in one corner of the 8ft by 8ft room in images obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com.
When Jayme escaped from a cabin in Douglas County she flagged down a woman for help.
She was able to provide a description of the car Patterson was driving, and he was arrested minutes later.
According to a search warrant affidavit, the red Ford Taurus Patterson was driving was taped up and taken to a secure evidence garage.
The FBI’s evidence response team searched the car the next day and found his cellphone on the front seat.
The phone was released to the Wisconsin Department of Justice to be analyzed by someone trained in the forensic extraction of data.
Last month it was revealed Wisconsin investigators have examined call logs, photos and videos stored on Patterson’s cellphone as investigations continue.
Search warrant documents filed in Barron County Circuit Court said evidence on the phone could be used ‘to determine the chronological context’ of what happened.
The documents said authorities were looking for a contact list, a log of incoming and outgoing calls and the dates and times of those calls, texts or other messages and social media communications.
They were also seeking emails that were sent to or from the cellphone, evidence that would tell them where the phone was during their months-long investigation, and any pictures or videos on the device.