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Missing billboard for Jayme Closs is torn down near where she was found as calf is named after her

Will Hartman shared a photo on Facebook on Monday showing the the work it took to take down the teen’s missing billboard

A ‘MISSING’ billboard for Jayme Closs, located near where she was found, has been taken down as the rural Wisconsin community helps the 13-year-old rebuild her life. 

Will Hartman shared a photo on Facebook on Monday showing the the work it took to take down the teen’s missing billboard

‘I got to take this down today not far from where she was found. It felt good to take it down knowing she made it,’ he said in the post. ‘So often it’s not the case. We had people stop and take pictures of us , cars and semi trucks honking there horns. Without words you could feel the joy for this little girl. God bless her and her family and help them in their time of need.’

In the rural Wisconsin town, but also across the country, wellwishers have rallied to offer the young girl support during the troubling times. 

A family member launched a GoFundMe for Jayme and her aunt, Sue Allard. It has raised more than $27,000 since it was launched on January 11.

‘Our family is working very hard to help out in any way possible whether it be that they use these dollars toward medical appointments, general care or anything other basic needs Jayme may have going forward,’ the post added.

A family member launched a GoFundMe for Jayme and her aunt, Sue Allard. It has raised more than $27,000 since it was launched on January 11

A family member launched a GoFundMe for Jayme and her aunt, Sue Allard. It has raised more than $27,000 since it was launched on January 11

Local Wisconsin photographers, Berglane Photography, shared a photo of an adorable cow calf that they were dedicating to Jayme. 

‘We named our newest heifer calf after a very strong, courageous, and incredible young lady from our community,’ they said in a Monday post. ‘Say hello to Jayme!’ 

A page called Healing for Jayme Closs has been posting updates on Facebook about the community’s effort to ensure the teen’s comfort.

They’ve also worked to inform the masses of fake accounts that have sprouted claiming to be the teen. 

Local Wisconsin photographers, Berglane Photography, shared a photo of an adorable cow calf that they were dedicating to Jayme

Local Wisconsin photographers, Berglane Photography, shared a photo of an adorable cow calf that they were dedicating to Jayme

‘Please know that Jayme’s family is taking precautions to keep Jayme out of danger and these accounts are in no way related to Jayme,’ the page said in a Wednesday post. 

Another user, Jennifer Halvorson, shared an image of packages that were going to be sent to the teen. 

‘The well wishes are starting to roll in for, said Halvorson. ‘I might need a bigger vehicle pretty soon for my trips there!!!’ 

The support for Jayme comes after it was revealed that her capture had applied for a job online on the same day that she fled. 

Another user, Jennifer Halvorson, shared an image of packages that were going to be sent to the teen

Another user, Jennifer Halvorson, shared an image of packages that were going to be sent to the teen

Despite his resume containing inaccuracies about his work experience, Jake Patterson, 21, called himself an ‘honest guy’ in his job application for a night shift position at Saratoga Liquor Co in Superior, Wisconsin.

The company said Thursday they received the application to work at Saratoga’s warehouse midday on January 10, the same day Jayme escaped from Patterson’s remote home where he held her captive for three months.  

Deputies arrested him minutes later and according to a criminal complaint, Patterson told investigators that he broke into Jayme’s house in the middle of the night, gunned down her parents and made off with the teen. 

Jake Patterson, 21, applied for a job online the same day Jayme Closs escaped from his rural Wisconsin home, where she was held captive for three months

Jake Patterson, 21, applied for a job online the same day Jayme Closs escaped from his rural Wisconsin home, where she was held captive for three months

 Jayme (center with family after her escape) was finally able to break free from the Patterson's makeshift lair on January 10, and now is in the care of her relatives  

 Jayme (center with family after her escape) was finally able to break free from the Patterson’s makeshift lair on January 10, and now is in the care of her relatives  

On the resume Patterson submitted in his application, he describes himself as an ‘honest and hardworking guy. Not much work experience but I show up to work and am a quick learner.’

Patterson is charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs, 13, and murdering her parents

Patterson is charged with kidnapping Jayme Closs, 13, and murdering her parents

Company officials said they wouldn’t have hired him due to his lack of experience.

The 21-year-old graduated from Northwood High School in Minong in the spring of 2015. 

His activities between then and the day he was arrested have largely not been made public, including his employment and how he supported himself. 

He had been living in the home in Gordon, Wisconsin, where he kept Jayme captive.

Patterson notes he worked as a ‘laborer’ from April 2018 to November 2018, but Saratoga officials redacted the employer’s name in the provided resume.

He states he served in the U.S. Marines for nine months from April 2017 to December 2017.

Marine spokeswoman Yvonne Carlock has told the Associated Press that Patterson did serve, but only for about five weeks in the fall of 2015. 

Carlock said his early discharge indicated the ‘character of his service was incongruent with Marine Corps’ expectations and standards.’

Patterson also stated he was a ‘production worker’ from October 2016 to January 2017, specializing in packaging screens. 

His employer has been redacted. He goes on to say he graduated from high school in 2016, even though he actually graduated in 2015.

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

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

Patterson, who is charged with kidnapping Jayme and murdering her parents, was a loner, as seen in a high school group photo obtained by DailyMail.com. Patterson is circled at the right 

Patterson, who is charged with kidnapping Jayme and murdering her parents, was a loner, as seen in a high school group photo obtained by DailyMail.com. Patterson is circled at the right 

Patterson’s defense attorneys haven’t responded to an email request to confirm the resume.

Patterson worked for little more than a day in 2016 at the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron where Jayme’s parents worked. Investigators have said he did not know them. 

He also worked for two days at a cheese factory near Almena, Wisconsin, just west of Barron. 

Patterson told investigators on his way to work there in October when he spotted Jayme getting on a school bus and decided he wanted to kidnap her.

He faces two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, both punishable by life in prison, one count of kidnapping and one count of armed burglary. 

He’s due back in court February for a preliminary hearing.

Patterson worked for little more than a day in 2016 at the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron where Jayme's parents worked. Investigators have said he did not know them 

Patterson worked for little more than a day in 2016 at the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron where Jayme’s parents worked. Investigators have said he did not know them 

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