The public has recently been celebrating the miraculous recovery of 13-year-old Jayme Closs. Nearly three months ago, Closs’ parents were found dead in their Wisconsin home, while young Jayme was missing.
On Friday, January 11th, local law enforcement held a press conference to update the public on Closs’ case. As previously reported, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested and charged with the kidnapping of Jayme.
A weapon has been recovered, according to a statement from the press conference. Police are currently investigating whether or not it is consistent with the initial reports of the firearm used on the evening of Jayme’s disappearance.
During Friday afternoon’s press conference, several new details regarding the night of the murder and kidnapping were revealed including the type of gun used and the great lengths the suspect went to in order to kidnap Jayme.
“The gun used at the scene on the night of the incident was a shotgun,” the spokesperson revealed. “The shotgun was also used to shoot open the door at the Closs home on the night of the incident.”
“With regard to the suspect taking great efforts to minimize his forensic footprint at the crime scene — they include things like not leaving trace evidence by changing his physical appearance, like shaving his head not to leave hair behind,” the spokesperson continued.
"The suspect had specific intentions to kidnap Jayme, and went to great lengths to prepare to take her," the spokesperson added, noting Patterson did not appear to have contact with anyone else in the Closs family.
Jayme is reportedly doing well, given the circumstances. She is expected to be reunited with loved ones later on Friday evening.
Patterson is set to make his first court appearance on Monday, January 14th. Please check Faith Family America’s website for updates next week.
Praise God for Jayme’s safe recovery! Please continue to keep her in your prayers as she copes with this difficult situation.
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