Father of Jayme Closs' Alleged Kidnapper Apologizes to Her Family in Letter

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The father of the man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs apologized to her family after his son appeared in court via video conference Monday. 

Patrick Patterson, the father of 21-year-old suspect Jake Patterson, sent a handwritten note to Jayme's family expressing sorrow and shame at the murder of her parents and her kidnapping.

"He wanted my family to know that he was sorry and he was crying," Jayme's cousin Jodie Arnold told Inside Edition.

Arnold added that she knows the Patterson family is coping with their own grief. In court Monday, Patrick wept openly and left walking hand-in-hand with his other son, Erik Patterson. 

"I feel sorry for them," she said. "My heart goes out to them because when these things happen, families don't always know. I don't hold any hard feelings against them. I know they're having their own kind of struggle."

Arnold shared photos of Jayme and her mom, Denise Closs, at a birthday celebration just hours before Denise and her husband, James Closs, were fatally shot, allegedly by Jake. 

After being taken from her Barron, Wisconsin, home, Jayme spent 88 days in captivity before escaping, donning a pair of her alleged kidnapper's shoes and running out into the show for help on Jan. 10. 

Jake's bail has been set at $5 million, and he is next due in court on Feb. 6. He has not entered a plea.


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