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Man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs to appear in court Wednesday

Man accused of kidnapping Jayme Closs to appear in court Wednesday

Closs had been missing since October 15 when Jake Thomas Patterson allegedly broke into her family's home outside Barron, Wisconsin and fatally shot her parents, James and Denise Closs.

A judge will decide if there is enough evidence for prosecutors to proceed with a trial against Jake Patterson.

Patterson is charged with two counts of 1st Degree Intentional Homicide, one count of Kidnapping and one count of Burglary with a Dangerous Weapon.

Weeks of intense searching for Jayme came to a halt last month when Jayme apparently escaped from Patterson's home in Gordon, Wis. Jayme made her way out of the woods of rural northern Wisconsin where Patterson lived and found a dog walker who helped connect her to authorities. Authorities say he kept her there for almost three months until she was finally able to escape when Patterson wasn't home.

Jayme was able to push the weighted bins and boxes Patterson used to block her under the bed, put on a pair of his shoes, and walked out of the house in Gordon, which is about an hour north of Barron.

When his father visited, Patterson is said to have told investigators, he turned up the radio to hide any noise she might make. A recent post shows Jayme eating a steak dinner with her grandfather.

A close friend of the Closs family has now spoken about the ordeal, saying she feels Closs is "healing".

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I don't think any of us can really know what she's going through but I think that if she has to be with a group of people that will love her and support her for the rest of her life, she's in the ideal family to do that. He told the judge he understood the charges and waived his right to a preliminary hearing of the evidence against him. The strong little fighter she is'.

"We are so blessed!"

Jayme told police that on the night she was abducted, she awoke to her dog's barking, then woke her parents as a auto came up the driveway.

Patterson - dressed in black and wearing a facemask - broke down the bathroom door.

According to the criminal complaint, 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 said he had no idea who she was, but "he knew that was the girl he was going to take".

Jayme's grandpa made good on his promise and shared a steak meal with his granddaughter.


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