Missing 13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Found Alive, Suspect in Custody

A resident of Barron expressed joy Thursday night

Barron expressed joy Thursday night

Police have named a suspect in the case of a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who was kidnapped in October after her parents were murdered.

Nearly three months after 13-year-old Jayme Closs went missing, a 21-year-old man was arrested and charged with kidnapping her and killing her parents.

October 17, 2018 - Authorities announce that investigators believe Jayme was in her family's home when her parents were fatally shot.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the sheriff's office in Douglas County, about 110 kilometres north of Barron County, located the girl. We also don't believe at this time the suspect had any contact with the family.

Fitzgerald said Patterson is now unemployed and does have a "tie" to Barron County - where the teen was abducted - but didn't describe the connection.

Authorities are still trying to find out what happened to Closs during the 88 days she was missing.

He said Jayme had been kept at a home in a "remote area outside of Gordon" and that Patterson had worked to also hide her identity from the public. "And I just shut myself totally down".

"I can not wait to see her".

Jayme was taken to the hospital after she was found, her aunt Sue Allard said.

Fitzgerald said it appears Patterson targeted Jayme and killed her parents in order to abduct her. "She did not talk about why or how".

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Prosecutors identified Larry Woodruffe as the second suspect in a court hearing Saturday, the Houston Chronicle reported . The shooting was most likely a case of "mistaken identity", Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said Sunday.

Patterson lived just three doors down from Kasinskas, but Kasinskas said she didn't realize it until police identified him as the suspect. She says her husband spoke with them and they didn't have any further problems.

"There's some prior history here somewhere, and I'm sure they're working on that right now", Fuhrman said.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said Thursday night he was overjoyed at learning she is alive. "I woke up to 15 phone calls".

"Jayme was taken against her will and escaped from the residence at which she was being held in". "There is a heavy law enforcement presence near Walworth Co but it is not related to Jayme Closs".

Jayme went missing on October 15, when her parents, James and Denise Closs, were both found shot to death in their rural home. Jayme was nowhere to be found.

Authorities have released few other details of Jayme's safe recovery, which ends a disappearance that captivated the state, spawning numerous searches and thousands of tips.

An initial ground search yielded no clues, but a second ground search by more than 2,000 people resulted in several items of interest to investigators, The Associated Press reports. She was rescued nine months later with the help of two witnesses who recognised her abductors from the America's Most Wanted television programme.

"Jayme: Aunt Jen can't wait to give you that big hug and hold you tight", Smith said, "because we're not going to let you go". Smart said the girl's family should be given "space and privacy on their road to finding a new sense of normal and moving forward".

The woman who found the teen - who asked that her name not be used - walked her to the nearby home in Gordon. "They offered her food and water but she declined".

As the stunned neighbors stood at the door, Jayme did not say a word.

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