MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs, who went missing almost three months ago from her Wisconsin home, was located alive Thursday evening, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office. Police say a suspect has been taken into custody in connection with the case.

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WCCO-TV’s Mary McGuire spoke to Jayme’s aunt Sue on Thursday evening, who said her niece was currently in the hospital.

“There was rumors earlier today, and I prayed and prayed that they were true,” Sue said. “And I just shut myself totally down. I thought today was going to be the day, and then I find out two hours later that she’s found and I just cannot believe this.”

According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Jayme was located alive in Gordon, Wisconsin, at 4:43 p.m. on Thursday, and a suspect was taken into custody in Gordon at 4:54 p.m.

WCCO’s Mary McGuire spoke with a woman over the phone who confirmed she was the one who first encountered Jayme Closs on Thursday afternoon.

She said she was walking her dog and nearing her cabin when she saw the 13-year-old walking down the road. Closs approached her and told her that she needed help.

“I was at the right place at the right time,” she said. The woman does not want to be identified by name.

Timeline Of Jayme Closs Case Below:

Closs disappeared on Oct. 15, 2018, the same day her parents — James, 56, and Denise, 46 — were found shot to death inside their Barron home.

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Up until Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald has said investigators had not received any credible leads in this case, despite thousands of tips.

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A 911 call was made from Denise Closs’ cellphone at about 1 a.m. on Oct. 15, with garbled, inaudible audio. Police arrived four minutes later to find her and her husband dead. There was no sign of Jayme inside the home.

Investigators will discuss the case with the media Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the Barron County Sheriff’s office.

This is a developing story. Stay with WCCO.com as more details become available.

Comments (67)
  1. Steven Pfeiffer says:

    Finally, some good news.

  2. David Youse says:

    Pessimist here – I think she ran off with someone older who she was seeing and who her parents objected to. He (they) killed her parents and left together.

    We’ll see…

  3. It’s not typical of me to watch the news and cry my eyes out because I’m so happy. But this girl being found though, THANK GOODNESS. There are so many missing children and these reunions don’t happen often enough. They can finally start to heal now.