Jake Patterson

There's a lot about the abduction of Jayme Closs that won't be shared with the general public as yet, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said when he spoke with reporters in a late-afternoon press briefing Friday, Jan. 11, 2019.

But the sheriff did mention several key pieces of information that are emerging from the continuing investigation into the disappearance of the girl and the shooting deaths of her parents, James and Denise Closs, early on Oct. 15, 2018.

Among the remarks made by Fitzgerald at the press briefing are the following:

-- It appears Jayme Closs lived for much of the past three months in a rural development east of Gordon, Wis., known as Eau Claire Acres.

The heavily-wooded development is alongside the north bank of the Eau Claire River, which runs from east to west toward Gordon.

A road winds through the development like a misshapen horseshoe. Satellite images show the woods are dotted with homes, garages and outbuildings, many of them concealed by trees.

-- Suspect Jake Patterson, 21, "appeared to be looking for" Jayme Closs when he was arrested by Douglas County authorities while driving around the neighborhood last Thursday afternoon.

-- Jayme Closs' abduction was well-planned. Fitzgerald did not characterize Patterson's conduct as "stalking," but said it was clear that "Jayme was a target," and that "kidnapping was (the suspect's) main goal."

-- Asked whether he could share information about the still-unreleased 911 call made early last Oct. 15, the sheriff said much of it was "inaudible."

-- Patterson had no job, and, at the time of the briefing, Fitzgerald was "unaware" of the suspect's daily habits.

-- Although Patterson had no prior record, "the volatility of the crime is very concerning," Fitzgerald said. The suspect has at least one sibling who does have a criminal record, he added.

-- The house near Gordon was being searched at the time of the briefing. Authorities would probably spend "several hours" there, gathering evidence. By the time of Friday afternoon's briefing, investigators had already recovered a shotgun, which could cause injuries similar to those found when police discovered the bodies of James and Denise Closs. "Several other guns" were found. Fitzgerald described the residence as more of a year-round home than a cabin.

-- In spite of all the evidence that had already been gathered, "things still aren't clicking yet" with respect to the entire investigation. Fitzgerald said investigators would have to wait for full results from the search before they reach further conclusions. He said cell phone reception was hampering efforts to talk with investigators on the ground in Gordon.

-- Fitzgerald predicted that information on many unanswered questions would be available when Patterson appears in court at 3:30 p.m. next Monday, Jan. 14, 2019.

-- Barron County Department of Health & Human Services offers counseling for anyone experiencing "a range of emotions" in the aftermath of Jamye's escape. Call 211 to connect with a mental health worker. The phone line will be available from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. today and tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 12 and 13.

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