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Jayme Closs is found alive: 13-year-old who has been missing since her parents were murdered in their Wisconsin home in October is rescued, as a suspect is taken into police custody

Daily Mail logo Daily Mail 11/01/2019 Jessa Schroeder

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

a group of people posing for a photo: Closs' name was added to the top of the FBI's Missing Persons list and has been on digital billboards across the nation © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Closs' name was added to the top of the FBI's Missing Persons list and has been on digital billboards across the nation Jayme Closs was abducted from her home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15, the same day the teenager's parents, James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found shot dead inside.  

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Thursday evening that Closs has been located in Douglas County, and a suspect arrested in connection to her disappearance.

The department, which was first notified by the Douglas County Sheriff's Department of the information, declined to release further details at this time.

'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,' the statement said.

'We want to thank the Douglas Co Sheriff’s Department and agencies assisting them tonight. 

a girl sitting on a rock: Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who has been missing since mid-October, has been found alive © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who has been missing since mid-October, has been found alive

'We also want to thank all the Law Enforcement agencies across the state and county that have assisted us in this case.

'We also could not have endured this case without the support of the public and I want to thank them for all the support and help.

'Finally, we want to especially thank the family for their support and patience while this case was ongoing. 

a screenshot of text: The Barron County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Thursday evening that Closs has been found and a suspect has been arrested © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The Barron County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Thursday evening that Closs has been found and a suspect has been arrested

'We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!'

The Barron County Sheriff’s Department will hold a press conference at 10am tomorrow. 

Closs' name was added to the top of the FBI's Missing Persons list and has been on digital billboards across the nation. 

a man and woman posing for a picture: The teen vanished from her home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15, the same day the teenager's parents, James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, (above) were found shot dead inside © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited The teen vanished from her home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15, the same day the teenager's parents, James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, (above) were found shot dead inside

In December, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald shared troubling details with DailyMail.com about the crime scene.

According to Fitzgerald, the killer was in the Closs home for only four minutes during which they stepped just five feet into the open plan house, shot James and Denise and took Jayme.

Both Denise and James died 'instantly' of their wounds, he said.

And, despite an inaudible 911 call made from her mother's cell at 12.54am, when police arrived at 12.58am he revealed that there was no sign that Jayme resisted her abductor. There was nothing taken and nothing disturbed.

In fact, there was no forensic evidence of any intruder at all.

a group of people in a field: Volunteers cross a creek and barbed wire near Barron, Wisconsin on October 23, 2018, on their way to a ground search for Closs © Provided by Associated Newspapers Limited Volunteers cross a creek and barbed wire near Barron, Wisconsin on October 23, 2018, on their way to a ground search for Closs

The sheriff said: 'That's the frustrating part of it. We've had four different lab teams look at the scene before we released it. We were very strategic. When we discovered it was a major crime we sealed it off immediately.

'But if I'm in your house for minutes and I only step five feet inside your home I'm probably not going to leave a big footprint.'

Fitzgerald added: 'The house wasn't disturbed at all from what we were able to tell. That's part of the confusing part of this case.

'It doesn't appear that anything was taken, it doesn't appear that Jayme packed up any clothing.'

Law enforcement hasn't ruled out that Jayme unwittingly played a part in the crime. Searches of her social media, cell phone and computer offered no evidence of a boyfriend or anyone she met anyone online who might have targeted her or her parents.

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