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Douglas County will not file complaint against accused Jayme Closs abductor in 'immediate future'

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Wis. - The Douglas County District Attorney's Office will not be filing a criminal complaint against the man arrested for kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs at this time. 

The announcement is significant because it could mean that details of any abuse Jayme suffered while in captivity may be kept private.

The District Attorney Office wrote Friday that the office "does not anticipate filing a criminal complaint against Jake Patterson in the immediate future." The news release said the district attorney retains the ability to charge Patterson at any time within the statue of limitations for any crime. 

According to a criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators he broke into Closs' home near Barron in October, gunned down her parents and abducted her. He said he took her to a remote cabin in Douglas County, sometimes keeping her under his bed for hours on end, until she escaped last week.

Patterson is facing charges of kidnapping, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and armed burglary in the abduction of Closs and the slaying of her parents in Barron County. 

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