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Jayme Closs kidnapper erased from prison records

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Posted at 4:21 PM, Jul 24, 2019
and last updated 2019-07-25 08:03:53-04

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

Jake Patterson, 22, was moved to an out-of-state facility July 15. DOC officials declined to reveal where out of concern for his safety. The agency has declined to elaborate.

In a tweet, a Green Bay Press-Gazette reporter said Patterson was moved to New Mexico.

The Green Bay Press-Gazette reported Patterson's name has been removed from the DOC's online inmate locator. DOC spokeswoman Molly Vidal told the newspaper the agency decides case by case 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 said it's outrageous to conceal Patterson's whereabouts.