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June 19, 2019

Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs found alive after missing since October, suspect in custody

January 11, 2019
Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs went missing in mid-October after her parents were murdered. (AP)

A 13-year-old girl who vanished in mid-October when her parents were murdered inside their Wisconsin home turned up alive late Thursday.

Jayme Closs was found by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office Thursday evening, more than three months after she went missing.


Residents of Barron, Wis., never gave up on Jayme’s return. Family and friends held a vigil in mid-December as leads into her whereabouts appeared to take investgators nowhere.

A suspect was taken into custody, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. The suspect’s identity and charges against him or her were unclear late Thursday.

“We do not have any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation,” Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement.

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

Officials speculated that Jayme was abducted, and they offered a $50,000 reward for information on her disappearance.

Fitzgerald’s office plans to hold a news conference about the case on Friday.

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