Jayme Closs has been found alive in Northern Wisconsin, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.
A suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the case.
Barron County Sheriff’s Department made the announcement:
“On Thursday evening the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Douglas CO WI Sheriff’s Department that they had located Jayme Closs alive.
Shortly after this a suspect was taken into custody in regards to this case. We do not any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation. We will not be answering any questions or taking calls on this tonight.
We are planning a press briefing approximately 10 am tomorrow at the Sheriff’s Department in Barron. We are receiving support from the FBI and WI DCI agents as this investigation continues.”
Officials are planning a press briefing for approximately 10 am Friday morning.
Jayme has been missing since early on Oct. 15, when sheriff’s deputies responding to a 911 call found the door to her family’s home near Barron kicked in and her parents, James and Denise Closs, shot dead inside. Investigators believe Jayme was abducted and ruled her out as a suspect in her parents’ killings.
Miami police said a witness reported seeing a girl fitting Jayme’s description in a black Ford Explorer with two well-dressed, bearded men at a gas station Monday afternoon. Miami is about 1,700 miles (2,735 kilometers) south of Barron.
Local authorities and the FBI launched an investigation into her disappearance and said at the time that they believed the teen was kidnapped. “I’m telling you: Jayme is missing and endangered,” Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference in October.
In last October, several hundred people gathered on a blustery high school football field to support the extended family of a missing 13-year-old girl whose parents were killed at their northwestern Wisconsin home.
Authorities were hoping for as many as 2,000 volunteers to help in the search for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing since her parents were killed in their home.
A $50,000 reward was being offered for information that leads to Jayme.
Jayme is described as 5-feet (1.5 meters) tall and 100 pounds (45 kilograms), with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes.
Barron, a town of about 3,400, is about 80 miles (128 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis.
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