Jayme Closs' school superintendent thanks her for 'being so courageous'

Missing teen whose parents were shot is found alive, suspect in custody

Missing teen whose parents were shot is found alive, suspect in custody

Daphne Ronning told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that Patterson's parents moved to Gordon about 15 years ago.

Fitzgerald said investigators believe the girl was "the only target" and don't believe Patterson had any contact with the family.

Police arrived four minutes after the call was placed to find the home's front door kicked in.

"Praise the Lord", she said. Jayme was skinny and dirty, wearing shoes too big for her feet, but appeared outwardly OK, the neighbours said.

Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, has been arrested for the murder of Jayme's parents and for one count of kidnapping. Details of what happened in the almost three months since the girl vanished remain unclear, he said, though he said Patterson "took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public".

"I honestly still think I'm dreaming right now". A 911 call was made from her mother's phone at 1am, but the caller didn't speak and the dispatcher could hear yelling in the background.

Mr Fitzgerald said Jayme was taken to hospital but has since been medically cleared and released.

Jayme was found by a housing development called Eau Claire Acres just outside the town of Gordon, Wisconsin at 4:43 p.m. Thursday after the Douglas County Sheriff's Office received a tip from a citizen.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department is reporting that Jayme Closs has been found alive. The FBI offered a cash reward for information on her whereabouts and hunters in the area were also urged to be on the lookout for clues.

She told Kasinskas that she was being kept in the Eau Claire Acres neighborhood - just a few houses down from the Kasinskas home.

Witnesses told United States media that Closs had approached a neighbor of the suspect for help while the neighbor was walking her dog at approximately 4:00 pm Thursday.

Jayme Closs, 13, was missing after her parents were found dead in their home in Barron, Wisconsin, on October 15, 2018. Law enforcement did not say how far Closs had walked from where she'd been held to where she was found. This is what brought her home, all the posters and everything.

October 27, 2018 - Funerals are held for James and Denise Closs in Cameron, a village next to Barron. She had been found alive.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said: 'A lot of people have been praying daily, as I have. Her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found dead.

Fitzgerald said that both women who came in touch withCloss immediately recognized her, which he credited to the overwhelming media coverage and postings on social media.




"He seemed like a quiet kid", she said.

Kasinskas tells NBC's "Today Show" that Jayme talked about being locked up or hidden when the person had to leave, but that the girl didn't detail how she got away.

"Jayme, we need you here with us to fill that hole we have in our hearts", Smith said more than a week after the girl went missing.

Her grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told the AP that his daughter told him that Jayme had been held by "a guy in the woods" but had managed to flee.

Kristin Kasinskas, a woman who helped report Jayme's emergence to police, spoke to CNN on Friday about what happened.

He was taken into custody in Douglas County and is now being held at the Barron County jail.

A woman said she was walking her dog along a rural road on Thursday afternoon when a dishevelled teenage girl called to her for help, grabbed her and told her she was lost.

Closs's godmother Jennifer Smith talked with WCCO's Mary McGuire.

He remains the sole suspect in this case.

"We do not have any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald posted on Facebook.

She was due to be reunited with her extended family later Friday.

Gordon is located around 100km north of Barron, Closs's hometown.

Investigators are expected to explain how they located a Wisconsin teenager missing for three months alive and took a suspect into custody.

Jayme Closs was found after she went missing in October. A suspect was apprehended minutes later.

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