DOUGLAS COUNTY, WISCONSIN — A missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl kidnapped after her parents were found murdered in their home last October has been found alive, police say. Her suspected abductor is in custody. Closs was found in the Town of Gordon at 4:43 p.m., the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said. That is in the northwest corner of the state, about 65 miles north of Barron.
Jayme was reported missing on Oct. 15, the same day authorities received a 911 call from her mother’s cell phone. Officers arrived at her home about four minutes after the end of the call and found the front door kicked in and the girl’s parents, James and Denise Closs, shot to death. They did not find the girl inside.
Investigators believed Jayme was abducted and ruled her out as a suspect in her parents’ killings. After nearly three months of questions, numerous searches and thousands of tips, the missing 13-year-old has finally been found alive.
Details, however, have trickled out from the people who found the girl in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 100 miles away from the girl’s home in Barron.
Kristin Kasinskas told TODAY that on Thursday afternoon, a neighbor who had been walking a dog pounded on her door while standing next to a skinny, dirty girl with matted hair and wearing oversized shoes.
“She knocked on our door, and then actually opened our door and said, ‘Call 911. This is Jayme Closs!’” Kasinskas said to Savannah Guthrie and Hoda Kotb by phone Friday. “We recognized Jayme immediately. I mean, her picture has been everywhere around here. Billboards and things. We recognized her immediately.”
Jayme’s aunt and godmother, Jennifer Smith, told “Good Morning America” Friday that they would be reunited after Jayme is released from the hospital in the afternoon.
Authorities have scheduled a news conference Friday. You can watch LIVE at this link here.