Jayme Closs, 13, found alive in Douglas County, sheriff says

Saturday, 12 Jan, 2019

Police arrived to find the door kicked in, but Jayme was nowhere to be found, and investigators believe she was abducted and may be in danger.

Closs, who had been missing since the murder of her parents last October, was found alive barely an hour's drive away, by a woman who stumbled across the 13-year-old girl and pounded on her neighbors' door shouting: "This is Jayme Closs!".

"She said that this person's name was Jake Patterson, he killed my parents and took me", Kasinskas said.

Jayme Closs was allegedly kidnapped and held in a home in a "remote" area by 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, according to CNN. A news conference was planned Friday in Barron, where Jayme's family lived.

"I can't thank everybody enough for not giving up on Jayme", Smith, the godmother, told WCCO.

Patterson, from Gordon, is being held on two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and one count of kidnapping.

Closs was reported missing on October 15 after her parents were found shot to death in their home in rural Barron, Wisconsin, about an hour's drive south of where she was located.

"We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfil that promise", Fitzgerald said in a statement, thanking the community. For 88 days, investigators searched for clues that could lead them to Jayme.

"She is good, she's been cleared from the hospital", said Fitzgerald. I don't know where I am. "I've been in the dumpster for three months", he said.

This has been a long and exhausting search for her family, but they say they never gave up hope.

Relatives of Closs spoke to FOX 9 Thursday night to describe what finding her means to the family.

Mrs Kasinskas said Jayme told them she did not know why she was targeted.

Kasinskas tells Minnesota Public Radio News that Jayme told him she'd been abducted, that her parents had been murdered and that she left a nearby house after she'd been left alone.

A short time later, deputies found a vehicle that matched the description Jayme had provided. 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". There are no more details available at this time as the investigation is still active.

October 23, 2018 - About 2,000 volunteers from as far as Minneapolis help with another ground search.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the sheriff's office in Douglas County, about 110 kilometres north of Barron County, located the girl.

Naiberg says Jayme reported that she'd been held by "a guy in the woods" but was able to escape.

"I'm going to hug her. Squeeze her", Naiberg told the Star-Tribune.