Jayme Closs Suspect Quiet, Hilarious Student Who Dreamed Of Joining Marines

Northwood School District, Barron County Sheriff

We're beginning to learn more about the mysterious Jake Patterson, the 21-year-old man accused of killing Denise and James Closs and kidnapping their daughter, Jayme, in October.

According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Patterson graduated from Northwood School District in 2015. In the school's yearbook, he said he planned to join the U.S. Marine Corps. after graduation. 

It's not certain what ever happened to those plans to become a Marine, but now he is the face of the biggest story in America. He is accused of killing James and Denise Closs in their Wisconsin home in October, and kidnapping their daughter, Jayme, holding her captive in a tiny cabin miles away from her hometown. 

Authorities say he acted alone, and they don't think any other suspects helped him with the killing and kidnapping (despite initial reports). 

Patterson's first court appearance is on Monday in Barron, Wisconsin. 

This case has hit home for many people across the country, but his former classmates are now reflecting on the days they knew him before he was the face of the Closs killing and kidnapping. Voted "most quiet" boy in the class of 2015, Patterson would "randomly in class...crack a joke and it would be absolutely hilarious and the whole class would hear it," according to one student. Sometimes he'd sleep in class. 

Another former student said of Patterson, "He seemed like he was just one of those guys in school that wanted to fit in but couldn't because he lacked social skills... (He) never really made an impact in any way." 

Patterson wrestled in elementary school but was not interested in going to sporting events in high school, which was a super popular thing to do (and the norm, really) in the small town. 

Patterson really didn't participate in much. He didn't go to prom and didn't attend the senior class trip to Florida. He didn't pose in the class photo, and classmates don't remember him participating in the graduation ceremony. 

Jake Patterson's parents divorced in 2007 and he has an older brother and sister. While he does not have a prior criminal record, his older brother has a no contest plea to a fourth-degree sexual assault charge in 2013 and was sentenced to one year of probation, the Journal Sentinel reports. 

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