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Sheriff: Missing teen Jayme Closs has been found; suspect in custody

Sheriff: Missing teen Jayme Closs has been found; suspect in custody

According to Closs's aunt Sue Allard, the teenager was found after escaping and finding a woman walking her dog near Gordon, Wisconsin. Gillian Drummond, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and Leonard Peace, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Wisconsin, declined comment Thursday evening (local time).

"We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise", the statement concluded.

The Barron County sheriff's office plans to hold a news conference Friday morning (local time) to discuss the 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. We also want to thank all the Law Enforcement agencies across the state and country that have assisted us in this case.

Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who has been missing for almost three months, has been found. The call was "pinged" to the Closs home.

Roughly two weeks after she disappeared, a man identified as Kyle Jaenke-Annis, 32, was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the Closs' home.




Investigators believe Jayme was abducted October 15, 2018, before dawn after her parents, James and Denise Closs, aged 56 and 46, were gunned down in their home in Barron. When the dispatcher called the number back, a voice mail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs.

Closs is reported to have been found less than 15 minutes later. They didn't find shoe prints inside the Closs's home, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told MPR News in December.

Jayme was believed to be home when they were killed but had been abducted by the time authorities arrived.

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme. Half the reward was put up by Jennie-O Turkey Store, a turkey hatchery and processing plant in Barron where Jayme's parents worked.

This story is developing.


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