After Wisconsin girl’s safe return, question is: Why?

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — Investigators in Wisconsin say they’re trying to determine what led the man suspected of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs to the girl.

Jake Thomas Patterson is being held on kidnapping and homicide charges after his arrest Thursday. It came just minutes after Jayme escaped her captor in a remote small-town area of northwest Wisconsin.

The 21-year-old Patterson is accused of killing Jayme’s parents, James and Denise Closs, in an attack at the family home in October near Barron. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson extensively plotted the attack to the point where he shaved his head to avoid leaving forensic evidence behind.

Fitzgerald says authorities don’t know of any social media connection between Patterson and the girl.

Charges are expected Monday. Court records don’t list an attorney for Patterson and The Associated Press was unable to reach family members to speak on his behalf.

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