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Man who kidnapped Jayme Closs reportedly moved to New Mexico prison

Updated: July 25, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed her parents in northern Wisconsin has been moved to a prison in New Mexico.

Press-Gazette Media reports the New Mexico Corrections Department has confirmed Jake Patterson has been transferred to one of its prisons from Dodge Correctional Institution in Waupun.

Wisconsin corrections officials recommended Patterson be sent to an out-of-state facility due to security concerns because of his case's notoriety. Patterson was moved July 15 but Wisconsin Department of Corrections officials refused to say where he was moved and removed him from its online inmate locator.

A judge sentenced Patterson to life in May for shooting James and Denise Closs in their Barron home and holding 13-year-old Jayme captive for 88 days.

The Wisconsin Department of Corrections tells CBS 58 they are not disclosing Patterson's current location to any media outlet, including the Press Gazette.

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Posted: July 24, 2019

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has erased any record of the man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killing her parents from its inmate locator database.

Twenty-two-year-old Jake Patterson was moved to an out-of-state facility on July 15. DOC officials declined to reveal where out of concern for his safety. The agency has declined to elaborate.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reports Patterson's name has been removed from the DOC's online inmate locator. DOC spokeswoman Molly Vidal told the newspaper that the agency decides on a case-by-case basis whether someone is included in the locator.

Patterson also doesn't appear on the state sex offender registry despite being ordered to register as part of his sentence.

Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council President Bill Lueders says it's outrageous to conceal Patterson's whereabouts.

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Information from: Press-Gazette Media, http://www.greenbaypressgazette.com

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