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Jake Patterson, accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents, had a preliminary hearing Wednesday in Barron County Circuit Court. Jim Rosandick, USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin

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BARRON, Wis. – The father of the man accused of kidnapping 13-year-old Jayme Closs and killing her parents says he is still struggling to understand why it happened, and continues to feel for Closs and her family.

Patrick Patterson spoke to ABC news Wednesday as part of an exclusive interview for "Good Morning America." 

"My words can mean nothing after such a tragedy has taken place," Patterson said to ABC news. "I most definitely want Jayme's family to know, everyone to know, that our hearts are broken for their family."

Jake Patterson, 21, allegedly abducted Closs from her home in Barron County, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15 after shooting and killing the teen's parents. He then held Closs captive in his home for 88 days.

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"I'm very sorry for everything that has happened," Patrick Patterson told ABC News. "These words come directly from my heart and my family's heart."

"I wish for a complete healing of Jayme's mind, heart and soul," he said.

Feb. 6: Accused Jayme Closs kidnapper Jake Patterson appears in court, waives preliminary hearing

Jan. 30: Can accused killer, kidnapper Jake Patterson get a fair trial in the explosive Jayme Closs case?

Jake Patterson waived his preliminary hearing and was bound over for trial in court Wednesday. He faces charges of two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, kidnapping and armed burglary.

"I would like to thank the federal, local and state authorities for their professional and respectful way in which they have treated me and my family," Patrick Patterson said. "I would also like to thank the media for the way in which they've been patient and understanding with this difficult matter. It has been a very difficult time for us."

Jake Patteron's arraignment is now set for March 27. He's currently being held at the Polk County Jail on a $5 million cash-only bond.

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Jan. 26: Wisconsin DA says he has no plans to file charges related to Jayme Closs' 88-day captivity

Jan. 23: Jake Patterson, accused of abducting Jayme Closs, isolated himself after high school

Jan. 23: Jayme Closs to receive $25,000 reward after escaping captor, company cites teen's 'bravery'

Jan. 22: Jake Patterson hosted a Christmas party while Jayme Closs was imprisoned in the same house, sources say

Jan. 21: Church of Jayme Closs' mother holds service to honor Wisconsin teen's return

Jan. 17: Jake Patterson, suspect in Closs case, was discharged early from Marines because of character issues

Jan. 16: Father of Jake Patterson has a letter for Jayme Closs' family

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