Wisconsin girl missing for months found alive

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BARRON COUNTY, Wisc. (KKTV) - A national search for a missing teenage girl has come to an end and a suspect is in custody.

Jayme Closs went missing in October after her parents were found dead in Wisconsin. Authorities believe Closs was taken from her home near Barron on Oct. 15. Deputies found the home's door kicked in and her parents shot to death.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department posted the following to social media on Thursday night:
Jayme Closs has been located

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.

Shortly after this a suspect was taken into custody in regards to this case. We do not any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation. We will not be answering any questions or taking calls on this tonight.

We are planning a press briefing approximately 10 am tomorrow at the Sheriff’s Department in Barron. We are receiving support from the FBI and WI DCI agents as this investigation continues.

We want to thank the Douglas Co Sheriff’s Department and agencies assisting them tonight. We also want to thank all the Law Enforcement agencies across the state and county that have assisted us in this 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.

Finally we want to especially thank the family for their support and patience while this case was ongoing. We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!

This case has been very trying on the family so please respect their privacy and we reunite them later tonight.

Sheriff Fitzgerald


Tuesday, the sheriff's office said the sighting may not have been credible.

For now, there is no information on where Jayme could be.

A vigil was held at the family's church Tuesday night, as the small, close-knit community of just 3,500 prayed for Jayme's safe return.

"Our goal in the school district is the same as yours; we want Jayme safe and back in our hands,” Diane Tremblay, superintendent of the Barron Area School District, told WEAU.

Anyone with information on Jayme's whereabouts is asked to call 715-537-3106 immediately.