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Jayme Closs kidnapper erased from prison records

Jake Patterson

MADISON — The Wisconsin Department of Corrections has erased any record of the man who kidnapped Jayme Closs and killed 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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