Monday, January 21st

Jayme Closs(Photo: Associated Press)

Jake Thomas Patterson shaved his head to avoid leaving DNA evidence behind when he blasted open the door of Jayme Closs' home with a shotgun in October, police said Friday.

Authorities have recovered a shotgun consistent with the weapon that was used to kill Jayme's parents, James, 56, and Denise, 46 during their daughter's kidnapping. Testing on that weapon continues.

There is no evidence that Jayme, 13, or her parents knew Patterson before the crime was committed, police said. Investigators have found no evidence that any of them communicated on social media. 

Patterson's goal was kidnapping Jayme — not killing her parents, police said.

Patterson, 21, was familiar with the city of Barron, where Jayme's family lived, and targeted her specifically, police said. Police did not provide details of how he became fixated on Jayme, why he targeted her or how he became aware of her family's address.

She was missing for 88 days.

"I know all of you are searching for why," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a Friday afternoon news conference.