Jayme Closs Found Alive And Safe

Kidnapping Victim Jayme Closs Found A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing in October after her parents were killed has been found alive, authorities said. The Barron County Sheriff’s...

Kidnapping Victim Jayme Closs Found

A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing in October after her parents were killed has been found alive, authorities said. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page that Jayme Closs has been located and confirmed a suspect was taken into custody.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the sheriff’s office in Douglas County, about 70 miles north of Barron County, located the girl. “We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise. From the bottom of my heart thank you!” a police statement said.

A suspect was arrested a short time later. The statement did not say where Jayme was found or give any further information about the suspect. The 13-year-old girl has been missing since her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot on October 15 at the family’s home near Barron.

Investigators said Jayme was quickly ruled out as a suspect. Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme.

Some tips led officials to recruit 2,000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23. Fitzgerald said in November he kept similar cases in the back of his mind as he worked to find Jayme, including the abduction of Elizabeth Smart, who was taken from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, when she was 14 years old.

“I have a gut feeling she’s (Jayme’s) still alive. I’ve always been a glass half-full kind of guy,” Fitzgerald said at the time.

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