Charges expected Monday in Jayme Closs case

BARRON, Wis. (KARE) The man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents is expected to be formally charged Monday.

Jake Patterson, 21, of Gordon, Wis., will make his initial appearance in Barron County Circuit Court Monday afternoon. He's expected to be charged with two counts of intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

Investigators say they believe Patterson broke into the Closs home in October, killing James and Denise and kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme.

Patterson allegedly held her in a home in Gordon, Wis., just about an hour north of her hometown of Barron. Jayme was missing for 88 days before she managed to escape Thursday and find a neighbor, asking her for help.

Jayme was reunited with her family Friday and is beginning the road to recovery, according to her aunt Jennifer Smith.

There are many unanswered questions in the case, including how Patterson knew Jayme. According to investigators, Patterson never had contact with the Closs family prior to the kidnapping, online or in-person.

Jayme's extended family also says they have never heard of or met Patterson.

It's unclear if Patterson will physically appear in court Monday. His attorneys are requesting that he be there, but he could make a video appearance instead.

There will not be a plea in court Monday, according to Patterson's attorneys.

"Mr. Patterson’s feelings are consistent with what you would believe of someone who was involved of these allegations," his attorneys said. "He is in a single cell in the Barron County Jail and his feelings are appropriate for the time and those circumstances."

His attorneys said they believe Patterson can get a fair trial, but they're not sure where that trial would happen.