MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Wisconsin Department of Justice released the case file involving the kidnapping of Jayme Closs and murder of her parents Friday afternoon.

As Barron County deputies drove towards the Closs family home in the early morning hours of Oct. 15, 2018, Jake Patterson passed three of them, even pulling over to the side of the highway to let them pass.

They were unaware 13-year-old Jayme Closs was bound and being held in the trunk of that car, arriving soon after to a shot-up door and a gruesome scene.

That dash camera video is just one portion of thousands of documents, video clips, and photos released by the Wisconsin Department of Justice connected to the investigation that began when James and Denise Closs were found murdered and their daughter missing in Barron County, Wisconsin.

Barron County released the first 911 call made by Jayme’s mom. Much of that call is inaudible.

The video files include police dash camera footage from responding officers and audio recordings from officers at the scene.

In one of the recordings you can hear an officer who first arrived at the Closs home thinking there may have been a suicide before realizing there was a larger crime scene.

The file also includes the 911 call made in Douglas County when Closs escaped a remote cabin and ran for help after being held captive for 88 days.

In the call you can hear the family comforting Jayme in the background as they ask a dispatcher to hurry for help as they are in fear Closs’ kidnapper was on the way home.

Jake Patterson, 22, pleaded guilty to kidnapping Jayme Closs and to the murder of her parents.

He’s currently serving two life sentences in prison without the possibility of parole.

Another new detail contained in the documents is that Patterson allowed Jayme to write a letter to her aunts letting them know she was safe.

He claimed he was going to drop it off, but couldn’t because of a snowstorm.

That letter was found in his backpack after he was arrested.

Barron County Records Cover Letter/Investigative Reports, click here.


Douglas County Records Cover Letter/Investigative Reports, click here.


WI Division of Criminal Investigation Records Cover Letter/Investigative Reports, click here.