Suspect in Jayme Closs case was discharged early from Marines

Posted at 2:14 PM, Jan 15, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-15 18:18:26-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) -- The suspect who confessed to killing James and Denise Closs and kidnapping Jayme Closs was discharged early from the Marines in 2015, according to military records.

Records show that Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, was assigned to the Marine Corps Recruitment Depot in San Diego from September to October of 2015, according to Major Brian Block.

“Patterson's premature discharge and rank are indicative of the fact that the character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps' expectations and standards,” Block added.

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According to court documents released Monday, Patterson confessed to the murders and kidnapping. He was also charged Monday on two counts of first degree homicide, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary.

According to a complaint, Patterson first spotted Jayme on his way home from work when he stopped behind her school bus.

“The defendant states, when he saw (Jayme) he knew that was the girl he was going to take."

Jayme was found alive roughly 70 miles away from her home in rural northwest Wisconsin.

Patterson is accused of shooting and killing Jayme’s parents before kidnapping the 13-year-old on October 15. Jayme had been missing for 88 days.