Missing Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs found alive, suspect in custody

12 January, 2019, 00:52 | Author: Gregory Stephens
  • Missing teen whose parents were shot is found alive, suspect in custody

Jayme spent the night at a hospital, where she was evaluated.

They had been fatally shot at the home outside Barron but their daughter was nowhere to be found.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department reports Jayme Closs was found alive in Douglas County, Wisconsin.

October 18, 2018 - About 100 people join a ground search for Jayme after Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald requests the help of volunteers.

The FBI had been searching nationwide for Closs and described her as "endangered".

"She knocked on our door", Kristin Kasinskas told CNN, "and helped Jayme into the room, and said, 'This is Jayme Closs, call 911 right now'". The girl confirmed she was indeed Jayme Closs.

Both the woman who found Jayme and the residents of the nearby home recognized her, Fitzgerald said.

The Baron County Sheriff said tonight, the department gets to fulfill the promise they made to bring Jayme home.

"We are just happy everyone kept praying and didn't give up hope, like we didn't", Smith told ABC News Thursday evening. "May god bless you Jayme Closs and may we all continue to search for every missing child". She had been found alive.


On Friday, Smart posted on her Instagram account that it was a "miracle" Jayme had been found alive. Authorities said they did not know details about the conditions of her captivity or how she managed to escape.

"It's fantastic the will of that 13 year old girl to survive and escape - it comes from the hope and the prayers and this community", Fitzgerald said.

Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who has been missing for almost three months, has been found. She said the school was surprised and saddened to learn he was the suspect. He said a search warrant is now being served on the Gordon home and authorities are also investigating several cars that belong to Patterson, who he said has "zero" criminal history.

The woman who was the first to encounter a missing Wisconsin girl who vanished after her parents were killed says the teen called out to her for help, said she was lost and grabbed onto her before telling her who she was. It was her neighbour, who had been out walking her dog, with Jayme alongside. Authorities said Jayme was located shortly before 5 p.m., and a suspect arrested 10 minutes later.

"I heard she escaped and found a woman walking with a dog and asked for help and that's all I know", Sue Allard, the girl's aunt told local outlet Fox9.

A man believed to be connected to the case is now in custody. "But other than that she didn't give us a ton of detail about".

Jayme had been missing since October 15. She has been reunited with her family and is undergoing questioning by authorities.

Patterson is being held in the Barron County jail on suspicion of kidnapping and homicide in the killing of Jayme's parents.

Elizabeth Smart says it is a "miracle" that a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing for almost three months has been found safe.

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