BARRON COUNTY, Wisconsin (KWWL) – A Wisconsin teen missing for nearly three months has been found alive, according to sheriff’s authorities in Wisconsin.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department says it was notified by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department that Jayme Closs had been found on Thursday.
A suspect is also in custody, but no other information is expected in the case until Friday morning.
The 13-year-old vanished on the same day her parents were found dead in the family’s home. Read more about the case below.
Read the full press release from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department below:
On Thursday evening the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Douglas CO WI Sheriff’s Department that they had located Jayme Closs alive.
Shortly after this a suspect was taken into custody in regards to this case. 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.
We are planning a press briefing approximately 10 am tomorrow at the Sheriff’s Department in Barron. We are receiving support from the FBI and WI DCI agents as this investigation continues.
We want to thank the Douglas Co Sheriff’s Department and agencies assisting them tonight. 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. We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!
This case has been very trying on the family so please respect their privacy and we reunite them later tonight.
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Original Story (October 18):
Federal and state investigators continue to search for missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who has not been seen this week after her parents were found dead in their Barron County, Wisconsin home.
KWWL sister station WQOW is now reporting that more than 800 potential leads have come into the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. About 100 volunteers have also spent the day searching on foot for any clues near the Closs family home on Thursday.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says his team is also trying to learn more about the attack in which Closs’ parents were killed. Jayme is not considered a suspect in the investigation.
“Is it a random attack or is it a target attack, I don’t know that answer,” said Sheriff Fitzgerald. “That is why those leads are so important. Again, we’ve receive no other threats or anything in the local area to say that this was just a random attack, but we do not know that answer, and we continue to follow leads to hopefully answer that question.”
Barron’s local celebrity is also joining the cause in helping to find Jayme. Twin Cities NBC affiliate KARE reports Chris Kroeze is sharing his community’s efforts to his current, national spotlight. Kroeze is competing on the current season of “The Voice.”
“Everyone is praying and hoping for her safe return,” said Kroeze. “If there is something that this community can do, I guarantee you that you’ll see, almost everyone from this town, from the surrounding towns, doing everything they can to help.”
Jayme is described as about five feet tall and weighs around 100 pounds, with strawberry blonde hair and green eyes. Contact the Barron County Sheriff’s Department with any information on the case.