Father of Jayme Closs Kidnapper Apologizes for Abduction After Telling Son ‘I Love You’

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
February 7, 2019USshare
Father of Jayme Closs Kidnapper Apologizes for Abduction After Telling Son ‘I Love You’
Jake Patterson appears for his preliminary hearing at Barron County Circuit Court in Barron, Wis., on Feb. 6, 2019. (T'xer Zhon Kha/The Post-Crescent via AP, Pool)

The father of Jake Patterson, who authorities said confessed to kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs after killing her parents, apologized to Jayme’s family after telling his son”I love you” in court on Feb. 6.

Patterson, 21, of Gordon, was ordered to stand trial after waiving his rights to a preliminary hearing.

Wearing an orange jumpsuit, Patterson smiled at his family and said, “I love you.” His father, Patrick Patterson, responded, “I love you.”

Following the appearance, Patrick Patterson said that he’s sorry for what happened to Jayme.

“My words can mean nothing after such a tragedy has taken place,” Patterson told ABC.” “I most definitely want Jayme’s family to know, everyone to know, that our hearts are broken for their family.”

Struggling to maintain his composure, Patterson added: “I’m very sorry for everything that has happened. These words come directly from my heart and my family’s heart.”

“I wish for a complete healing of Jayme’s mind, heart, and soul,” he said.

Patterson’s family has said that they had no clue Jayme was being held hostage at a cabin about an hour north from her Barron house.

Officials said that Patterson, clad in black and wearing a ski mask, burst inside the house on Oct. 13, 2018, shooting Jayme’s father before finding her and her mother, Denise Closs, huddled in the bathroom.

He ordered Denise Closs to put tape over her daughter’s mouth and then shot her. He then restrained Jayme and threw her in the trunk.

Patterson held Jayme for 88 days before she escaped on Jan. 20, fleeing after Patterson went out.

While the teen was being held, Patterson would force her under his bed when he had people over. According to one report, that included a gathering at the cabin on Christmas Day that the party included Patrick Patterson and Jake Patterson’s sister, in addition to their partners.

Jake Patterson's cabin in Wisconsin
The cabin where 13-year-old Jayme Closs was allegedly held by Jake Thomas Patterson is surrounded by law enforcement vehicles in the town Gordon, Wis., on Jan. 12, 2019. (Aaron Lavinsky/Star Tribune via AP)

None of the attendees knew that Closs was inside Patterson’s room, hiding under his small bed and obscured by a number of bins that were held by weights law enforcement sources told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

“The family was there,” one source said. Patterson “told (Jayme) that if she made a noise or tried to escape, he would kill her.”

Jim Moyer, Patterson’s grandfather, said that no one else in the family knew Jayme was in the house.

“Nobody had any clues up until this thing happened,” Jim Moyer told ABC following Closs’s escape from captivity. “Nobody will ever know what went on in his mind. I can’t fathom anything in his life that could change him so drastically. It has to be some kind of a twist in the mindset.”

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Jake Patterson appears for his preliminary hearing, at Barron County Circuit Court in Barron, Wis., on Feb. 6, 2019. (T’xer Zhon Kha/The Post-Crescent via AP, Pool)

He said his grandson was a “nice boy, polite,” who was “shy and quiet” and prioritized computer games over social interactions.

Moyer first heard that his grandson was accused of kidnapping and imprisoning the girl via a phone call from his daughter. He said the family was shocked.

“We are absolutely heartbroken,” Moyer said. “It’s wrenching to deal with.”

They initially hoped it was a case of mistaken identity, but Patterson confessed to killing Jayme’s parents before abducting her and has been charged with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

First picture of Jayme Closs after escape
Jayme Closs, 13, (R), with her aunt Jennifer Smith, in a photograph taken on Jan. 11, 2019, one day after Closs escaped from captivity in Gordon, Wis. (Jennifer Smith)

Jake Patterson’s father, said that he was passing along a note to the Closs family when he was spotted at the Barron County Justice Center on Jan. 15.

“All I care about right now is Jayme’s family. I want to get them a note,” Patterson told CNN, declining to provide more details about the letter.

The families were both in court that day while Patterson was arraigned via video conference.

His father wept with his head buried in the shoulder of a relative sitting next to him, while Closs’s family stayed calm, embracing each other on the other side of the courtroom.

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