Sheriff: Jayme Closs discovered alive, suspect in custody


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BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A 13-year-old northwestern Wisconsin lady who went lacking in October after her mother and father have been killed has been discovered alive, authorities mentioned Thursday.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Division mentioned on its Fb web page that Jayme Closs has been situated and {that a} suspect was taken into custody. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald mentioned Jayme was anticipated to be reunited together with her household Thursday evening.

Fitzgerald mentioned authorities in Douglas County, about 70 miles north of Barron County, situated the lady. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Workplace confirmed on its web site that Jayme was discovered within the City of Gordon at 4:43 p.m. Thursday, and {that a} suspect was taken into custody 11 minutes later.

Neither assertion gave any additional details about the suspect.

The Barron County sheriff’s workplace plans to carry a information convention Friday morning to debate the case. Gillian Drummond, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Division of Justice, and Leonard Peace, a spokesman for the FBI in Wisconsin, declined remark Thursday night. Each businesses have been concerned within the seek for Jayme.

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Jayme Closs has been lacking since her mother and father, James and Denise Closs, have been discovered shot to dying Oct. 15 within the household’s residence close to Barron. Investigators mentioned Jayme was rapidly dominated out as a suspect.

Detectives pursued hundreds of ideas, watched dozens of surveillance movies and carried out quite a few searches within the effort to search out Jayme. Some ideas led officers to recruit 2,000 volunteers for an enormous floor search on Oct. 23.

Fitzgerald mentioned in November that he saved related instances at the back of his thoughts as he labored to search out Jayme, together with the kidnapping of Elizabeth Good, who was taken from her Salt Lake Metropolis residence in 2002, when she was 14 years previous. She was rescued 9 months later with the assistance of two witnesses who acknowledged her abductors from an “America’s Most Wished” episode.

“I’ve a intestine feeling she’s (Jayme’s) nonetheless alive. I’ve all the time been a glass half-full sort of man,” Fitzgerald mentioned on the time.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten mentioned Thursday evening he hadn’t heard any particulars about Jayme’s discovery but however was overjoyed at studying she is alive.

“There was lots of discouragement as a result of this took fairly some time to play out,” Fladten mentioned. “Lots of people have been praying every day, as I’ve. It’s only a nice outcome we bought tonight. It’s unbelievable. It’s like taking an enormous black cloud within the sky and eliminating it and the solar comes out once more.”

He acknowledged that Jayme will not be the identical individual she was earlier than she disappeared.

“I hope that she’s in fine condition,” the mayor mentioned. “She’s little doubt been by only a horrible ordeal. I believe all people needs her an excellent restoration and a contented life going into the long run.”

The notification that Jayme had been discovered got here simply 4 hours after Fitzgerald had taken to Twitter to debunk a report that she had been discovered alive close to Walworth County. Douglas County, the place Jayme was discovered, is a whole lot of miles northwest of Walworth County.

The Related Press contributed to this report.

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