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Inside squalid basement ‘cell’ where Jayme Closs spent 88 days as prisoner of a 21-year-old loner

Strewn with soft toys, filthy bedding and women’s clothes – this is the squalid basement ‘cell’ where cops believe kidnapped Jayme Closs could have been held prisoner for 88 days. 

The secret den complete with a scruffy mattress and cuddly stuffed pig is beneath alleged abductor Jake Thomas Patterson’s tumbledown forest cabin in rural Gordon, Wisconsin. 

A stash of kids’ backpacks, including one with Mickey Mouse ears, can be seen piled up in one corner of the 8ft by 8ft room in images obtained exclusively by DailyMail.com. 

The image above shows the filthy basement den where authorities believe 13-year-old Jayme Closs was held prisoner by her alleged abductor, Jake Thomas Patterson, 21

The den was filled with soft toys, a dirty mattress, women's clothing, and women's makeup 

The den was filled with soft toys, a dirty mattress, women’s clothing, and women’s makeup 

The image above shows stuffed toys and other accessories on the mattress inside the den. The home is located in rural Gordon, Wisconsin

The image above shows stuffed toys and other accessories on the mattress inside the den. The home is located in rural Gordon, Wisconsin

Police sources say investigators are zeroing in on the creepy lair as they try to establish the exact spot where 13-year-old Jayme was imprisoned after Patterson allegedly slaughtered her parents and snatched her. 

They are also understood to have examined an adjacent basement compartment, a former wine cellar, which was the only room in the house which had its curtains drawn when officers arrived Thursday to search the ramshackle property following Jayme’s remarkable escape. 

The image above shows the cabin in rural Wisconsin where Jake Patterson allegedly held 13-year-old Jayme Closs prisoner for nearly three months

The image above shows the cabin in rural Wisconsin where Jake Patterson allegedly held 13-year-old Jayme Closs prisoner for nearly three months

The window with the blue tape leads inside to the basement 'cell' where authorities fear Jayme was held prisoner

The window with the blue tape leads inside to the basement ‘cell’ where authorities fear Jayme was held prisoner

Authorities are trying to determine the exact spot where Jayme was imprisoned 

Authorities are trying to determine the exact spot where Jayme was imprisoned 

This part of the home appeared to be well-equipped. It has a furnace, a television, a couch, and lights

This part of the home appeared to be well-equipped. It has a furnace, a television, a couch, and lights

A number of coats are seen hanging from hangers on the wall on the left. The room on the right appears to have a washing machine

A number of coats are seen hanging from hangers on the wall on the left. The room on the right appears to have a washing machine

Jake Thomas Patterson

Jayme Closs

Patterson, 21, is believed to have lived at the isolated woodland home until his arrest on charges of kidnapping and intentional homicide. The image on the right is an undated file photo of Jayme Closs

Patterson, 21, is believed to have lived at the isolated woodland home until his arrest on charges of kidnapping and intentional homicide.

The surrounding 2.5 acre lot is littered with old cars, rusty bikes and an assortment of junk, while a sign saying ‘Patterson’s Retreat’ greets visitors as they approach the two-story, $110,000 dwelling.

Twinkling Christmas decorations are still strung across the yard and many of the lights are still on inside the wooden house – suggesting the occupant left in a hurry and didn’t have a chance to return.

Chillingly, a mound of trash strewn beside a garage includes an empty box of 80 adult Member’s Mark diapers.

Lying nearby in the snow are empty bottles of sugary alcoholic drinks such as cranberry and lime Smirnoff Ice, Henry’s Hard Soda and black cherry White Claw, as well as discarded bags of chips.

What looks like a recently baked and eaten tray of pasta has been dumped outside.

Inside the main living room is a half-finished game of Monopoly and a book entitled 'U.S. Armed Forces Survival Guide' 

Inside the main living room is a half-finished game of Monopoly and a book entitled ‘U.S. Armed Forces Survival Guide’ 

A hammer, a flashlight, a scouring pad, scissors and a spray bottle of cleaning fluid are piled on a table

A hammer, a flashlight, a scouring pad, scissors and a spray bottle of cleaning fluid are piled on a table

The cabin itself is filled with an assortment of tatty old furniture, from rocking chairs to fans and years-old televisions and stereos

The cabin itself is filled with an assortment of tatty old furniture, from rocking chairs to fans and years-old televisions and stereos

Investigators think it's possible that Jayme could have spent time in different areas of the house before being bundled into the basement whenever Patterson thought someone was visiting

Investigators think it’s possible that Jayme could have spent time in different areas of the house before being bundled into the basement whenever Patterson thought someone was visiting

Gordon, an isolated town in rural Wisconsin, is located about 140 miles from the nearest big city - Minneapolis, Minnesota

Gordon, an isolated town in rural Wisconsin, is located about 140 miles from the nearest big city – Minneapolis, Minnesota

The image above appears to be a garage which is used primarily for storing old furniture and other junk

The image above appears to be a garage which is used primarily for storing old furniture and other junk

The image above shows empty cans and bottles of what appears to be hard cider and other alcoholic beverages

The image above shows empty cans and bottles of what appears to be hard cider and other alcoholic beverages

The surrounding 2.5 acre lot is littered with old cars, rusty bikes and an assortment of junk, while a sign saying 'Patterson's Retreat' greets visitors as they approach the two-story, $110,000 dwelling

The surrounding 2.5 acre lot is littered with old cars, rusty bikes and an assortment of junk, while a sign saying ‘Patterson’s Retreat’ greets visitors as they approach the two-story, $110,000 dwelling

The image above shows what appears to be an old snowmobile on the Wisconsin property

The image above shows what appears to be an old snowmobile on the Wisconsin property

The cabin itself is filled with an assortment of tatty old furniture, from rocking chairs to fans and years-old televisions and stereos. 

Dirty plates are piled up in a dated kitchen.

Inside the main living room is a half-finished game of Monopoly and a book entitled ‘U.S. Armed Forces Survival Guide’.

A hammer, a flashlight, a scouring pad, scissors and a spray bottle of cleaning fluid are piled on a table.

Investigators think it’s possible that Jayme could have spent time in different areas of the house before being bundled into the basement whenever Patterson thought someone was visiting. 

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