Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested last Thursday, shortly after 13-year-old Jayme escaped from the secluded forest hut in Gordon, Wisconsin, where she had been detained for 88 days.
The 21-year-old man accused of kidnapping teen Jayme Closs and killing her parents in a house invasion seems to have led an unremarkable existence and was described by former classmates as a quiet student who lacked social skills.
Jake Thomas Patterson was arrested last Thursday shortly after 13-year-old Jayme escaped from the remote forest hut in Gordon, Wisconsin, where she was held for 88 days.
Patterson is accused of snatching Jayme from her home in Barron – 70 miles from where she was found – on October 15 after shooting her parents James and Denise.
The wooden hut where Jayme was held is the same place where Patterson had lived when his parents and brother grew up.
The few neighbors who know the Patterson family say he grew up in the hut, which is in a remote area, a mix of seasonal and year-round homes about 10 miles from the city of Gordon.
The city where he grew up has only 645 inhabitants. The majority of those people did not even know that Patterson was still living in the area and some say they never even knew about his existence.
Patterson's teachers in high school hardly remember the now 21-year-old man who graduated only three years ago.
He graduated from the Northwood High School in nearby Minong in 2015, a single building that houses pre-kindergarten until the 12th grade.
There were only 34 people in his graduation class, reports the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
Jayme, pictured after her miraculous escape, was seized from her house in Barron on October 15th. Patterson is accused of shooting her parents before she kidnaps her
Her parents, James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found shot in their parents' home
He wrote in a school yearbook about his plan to become a member of the American Marine Corps after his graduation, but it is not clear if he has continued this.
Patterson drew the yearbook: "I finally finished school."
His classmates, who wanted to remain anonymous, remembered that he was a silent student who sometimes slept in the classroom and someone who was "just a bit" & # 39 ;.
It seemed that he was only one of those boys at school who wanted to fit, but that was not possible because he lacked social skills … (He) never really had any effect, & # 39; said a former student.
Another said: "Randomly in the classroom, Jake made a joke and it would be absolutely hilarious and the whole class would hear it."
Patterson was a member of the school's quiz bowl team, which fought with other schools in the context of knowledge tests. He also struggled in elementary school but refused to take part in high school.
His former classmates reminded him that they did not go to the ball or that they participated in the class during their senior trip to Florida.
He also refused to pose for a photo with his graduation course, and his former classmates did not remember that he was attending the ceremony.
They say he just & # 39; disappeared & # 39; is after high school.
Northwood Superintendent Jean Serum called Patterson a quiet, good student who had great friends and a supportive class, but said she had no real memories of him.
Neighbor Kristin Kasinskas said she was Patterson's teacher in high school, but she did not really remember anything from him except that he was quiet.
Jake Patterson (above with his mother Deborah in 2015) seems to have led an inconspicuous existence and has been described by former classmates as a quiet student who lacked social skills
The house at Eau Claire Acres in Gordon, Wisconsin, where kidnapped victim Jayme Closs (13) was detained for 88 days
Patterson's parents divorced in 2008, according to online court records.
Neighbor Daphne Ronning said that the parents eventually left, but that Patterson and his older brother, Erik, stayed in the cabin.
She said she and her husband had once caught them on the transfer of gas.
Another neighbor, Patricia Osborne, said that the brothers often got into trouble. She said that they stole things and spent time in foster homes.
The suspect has no clear presence on the internet and it seems that he lived in the family cabin, but kept a low profile.
Property registrations indicate that his father still owned the place in October, but he transferred the title of the cabin to Superior Choice Credit Union a few days after the attack.
Patterson worked one day in 2016 for the Jennie-O turkey factory in Barron before he stopped and said he left the area.
The factory is the same place where Jayme's parents have been working for 27 years, but it is not believed that they have crossed over with Patterson.
It is unknown what he has done for a living since then.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said he was unemployed when officers arrested him.
Jayme was found at Eau Claire Acres, a development about 70 miles from her home in Barron
Jayme is now reunited with her surviving relatives and has learned to return to life with loved ones and with a "big smile." She is pictured above with her aunts Jennifer Smith (left) and Sue Naiberg Allard (right)
Authorities believe that Patterson went to the Closs house to kidnap Jayme in October, but they could not find any connection between him and the Closs family.
The grandfather of the girl, Robert Naiberg, insisted on Saturday that none of them knew him, asking questions about how Patterson became aware of Jayme.
Researchers say they have found no evidence of online conversations between the two.
Jayme was missing for almost three months when she approached an unknown Jeanne Nutter, who was walking her dog on Thursday.
The teen was described as "lean and dirty, but outwardly good."
Nutter, who immediately recognized the girl, took her to a house in the neighborhood so that they could warn the authorities.
Patterson, who had no criminal history in Wisconsin, was arrested a few minutes later on Jayme's description of his vehicle. The police said he was hunting for Jayme after he missed her.
He was imprisoned on suspicion of kidnapping and murder.
The neighbors who took the teenager shortly after her escape, the Kasiskas, described the terrifying moment when Jayme arrived at their home and said they feared that her kidnapper might be close behind her.
Companies in the city where Jayme lived with her parents, placed & # 39; welcome home Jayme & # 39; signs after her escape
Jayme is now reunited with her surviving relatives and is now committed to returning to life with loved ones in Barron
& # 39; When our neighbor Jeanne came with Jayme, she said: & # 39; Take a gun. We do not know if he is after us, & # 39; said Kasinskas. "So we were armed and ready in case this person turned up", Kristin Kasiskas told Fox News.
The police have still not identified any motive for the murders, but said that Patterson did not seem to have any acquaintance with the family.
& # 39; This is a true mystery. We believe that the first time they met was the night of the incident, "said the sheriff.
Seek authorities through Patterson's phones, computers and the car he drove in when he was arrested.
According to the police, Patterson killed the couple from Wisconsin because he wanted to kidnap their daughter. They say that they're the only target & # 39; used to be.
They said that Patterson had planned his actions and taken many measures to hide his identity. & # 39;
Jayme is now reunited with her surviving relatives and has learned to return to life with loved ones and with a "big smile."
When she told DailyMail.com on the first day that she had woken up in the care of her family since her extraordinary recovery on Thursday afternoon, her aunt Jennifer Smith said: "She is sleeping well. It was just amazing and it's just great to have her back.
God is good! He answered our prayers that he certainly did and we have just been overwhelmed by everyone's support. & # 39;
& # 39; Last night we could actually take her to Barron County. That has been my goal for 88 days. And we have to bring her home, "Fitzgerald said.
TIME LINE OF JAYME CLOSS & # 39; LOSE
Jayme Closs was missing for three months
October 15, 2018 – Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, found dead in their home in Barron and the teenager is reported missing
16 October 2018 – Researchers say they do not find Jayme a suspect in the death of her parents
October 17, 2018 – The authorities announce that the researchers believe Jayme was in her family's house when his parents were killed deadly
18 October 2018 – Approximately 100 people participate in a search for Jayme after Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald requests the help of volunteers
October 23, 2018 – Approximately 2,000 volunteers from Minneapolis help with another ground search. Different items are found and taken for assessment
October 24, 2018 – The FBI offers a $ 25,000 reward for information leading to Jayme's location. The amount is later doubled to $ 50,000 by the Jennie-O Turkey Store, where James and Denise Closs worked
October 27, 2018 – Funeral for James and Denise Closs
October 29, 2018 – Prosecutors announce that they have accused a man of burglary with the Closs house, but say he is not a suspect in the case.
December 12, 2018 – Tree of Hope enlightened as a community prays for her safe return
January 10, 2019 – After three months Jayme is found alive in Gordon, Wisconsin. A suspect is taken into custody.
January 11, 2019 – The police called the man accused of kidnapping her as Jake Thomas Patterson, 21