Barron County Sheriff's Department confirms that Jayme Closs has been found alive

County Wis. Sheriff's Department shows Jayme Closs who was discovered missing Oct. 15 2018 after her parents were found fatally shot at their home in Barron Wis. The Barron County Sheriff'

County Wis. Sheriff's Department shows Jayme Closs who was discovered missing Oct. 15 2018 after her parents were found fatally shot at their home in Barron Wis. The Barron County Sheriff'

A 13-year-old girl who has been missing since mid-October has been found alive, police in Wisconsin confirmed.

January 11, 2019 - Investigators say the suspect, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, is jailed on homicide and kidnapping charges.

A Wisconsin teenager missing for almost three months after her parents were killed in the family home was found alive barely an hour's drive away, by a woman who stumbled across the 13-year-old girl and pounded on her neighbours' door shouting: "This is Jayme Closs!".

Jayme had been missing since October 15, when police discovered someone had broken into her family's home in Barron, killed her parents and apparently abducted her.

"Jayme Closs was located alive", the sheriff's office in Douglas County, Wisconsin, said in a statement late Thursday.

A short time later, deputies found a vehicle that matched the description Jayme had provided.

Fitzgerald said that the home where Closs had been held was in a remote area but couldn't say if Patterson owned it.

Fitzgerald said Patterson is now unemployed and does have a "tie" to Barron County - where the teen was abducted - but didn't describe the connection.

The woman who first spotted Jayme on Thursday, Jeanne Nutter, said she was walking her dog along a rural road when a disheveled teenage girl called out to her for help and quickly grabbed her.

A $50,000 reward had been offered for information on Jayme Closs' whereabouts.

He said Jayme had been kept at a home in a "remote area outside of Gordon" and that Patterson had worked to also hide her identity from the public. "It was like I was seeing a ghost", her husband, Peter Kasinskas, told the paper. I can't wait to get my arms around her.

Nutter added: "My only thought was to get her to a safe place".

Authorities said a suspect had been taken into custody after Jayme fled her captor and knocked on the door of a resident in Gordon - about an hour's drive from where she was last seen. She was - she did state who she believed had her, and she did give us a little information about the person's auto.

Law enforcement officials said Patterson did not appear to have any previous contact with Jayme or her parents. "She did not talk about why or how". She says she and her husband once caught them siphoning gas.

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"There is a reunification process in place going on right now that includes medical mental evaluation, questioning by detectives and Federal Bureau of Investigation agents, and then reunification with family", he said.

Kasinskas said she brought the "slender-looking" girl into her living room and sat down with her. "I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

With those words, the frantic search for Jayme ended 87 days after she vanished on October 15, the same night her parents were found dead in their home near Barron, northwestern Wisconsin. Douglas County, where Jayme was found, is hundreds of miles northwest of Walworth County.

We are planning a press briefing approximately 10 am tomorrow at the Sheriff's Department in Barron.

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches to try to find Closs.

Smart, now a broadcast journalist, said "whatever other details may surface, the most important will still remain that she is alive".

A woman reportedly called the police after she spotted Closs while out walking her dog, telling WCCO that the young teen approached her and said she needed help.

Fitzgerald said Jayme escaped from the residence and was the only target. The girl said she'd been abducted and had escaped from a house where she had been left alone, Peter Kasinskas told Wisconsin Public Radio. From what she told them, they believe she was there for most of her disappearance. "Call 911!" the neighbour told the teacher, according to the Star Tribune. "A lot of people have been praying daily, as I have".

Jayme's aunt, Sue Allard, said her niece was in the hospital Thursday night.

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