Sheriff says missing Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs has been found alive

A resident of Barron expressed joy Thursday night

Standing with her was a skinny, dirty girl with matted hair, wearing shoes too big for her feet. Described as "5 feet tall and 100 pounds with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes", Jayme Closs is an 8th grader at Riverview Middle School in Barron.

In the weeks after Jayme's disappearance, local law enforcement said they were working under the assumption she was still alive and endangered.

Neighbours in the small northern community called police, who said they took a suspect into custody.

A town official says a Wisconsin girl who turned up safe after being missing almost three months was found in a small forested area of cabin-like homes about 6 miles east of the small Town of Gordon. Douglas County, where Jayme was found, is hundreds of miles northwest of Walworth County. "Praise the Lord", she said.

"This case has been very trying on the family so please respect their privacy and we reunite them later tonight", Fitzgerald's said. The non-emergency line at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office rang unanswered and Sheriff Thomas Dalbec didn't respond to an email.

There will be a press conference Friday morning at 10 am per the Baron County Sheriff's Facebook page.

She has not been seen since October.

The girl disappeared on October 15 from her rural home about two miles outside of Barron, where her parents, James and Denise, were found shot to death.

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No other details are being release. Gordon is about an hour north of Barron in northwestern Wisconsin, not far from the Minnesota border.

Jayme's aunt Sue Allard told Minnesota newspaper the Star Tribune that she could barely express her joy after learning the news.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department said Jayme Closs has been located and is alive. He says knowing she's been found is "unbelievable". Their 13 year-old daughter Jayme Closs was missing.

A suspect is in custody shortly after Jayme was found, according to the Barron County Sheriff.

Thousands of people had joined search parties for Jayme, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation was offering a reward of $25,000 for information on her whereabouts.

According to ABC News, Jayme was kidnapped after her parents were found murdered in their Wisconsin home in October.

"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", Barron County Sheriff's Department said in a statement.

On Oct. 16, Sheriff Fitzgerald said that they were alerted to the scene by a 911 call made from a cellphone at the home, but revealed that nobody spoke on the call. A suspect was apprehended a short time later.

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