Published: Sat, January 12, 2019
World News | By Sandy Lane

Missing Wisconsin 13-year-old found alive after almost 3 months

Missing Wisconsin 13-year-old found alive after almost 3 months

Police believe the crime was deliberate and planned.

Shortly before Closs was found, a fake alert in Walworth County had been released saying she had been located, Fitzgerald said. She says she recognized Jayme, having seen her photo on the news and posters around Wisconsin.

A woman reportedly called the police after she spotted Closs while out walking her dog, telling WCCO that the young teen approached her and said she needed help.

"Jayme was the only target", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters at a news conference Friday.

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme. A suspect in the case has also been taken into custody. She says her husband spoke with them and they didn't have any further problems.

Still, so much remains a mystery: Who killed Jayme's parents? Officials determined Closs was inside the home when her parents were murdered, but then the trail went cold. And who is the arrested suspect?

Authorities are scheduled to attend a press conference at 10 a.m. Friday in Barron.

Closs has been missing since October 15, when her parents were found murdered in their Barron, Wisconsin home.

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The Barron County Sheriff's Department confirmed Thursday evening (US time) she was found alive.

A woman said she was walking her dog along a rural road when a disheveled teenage girl called out to her for help, quickly grabbed her and told her she was lost.

They rushed to Kasinskas' home, where Kasinskas says 911 was called.

"I just cried. lots of happy tears", Jen Smith, the girl's aunt, told ABC's Good Morning America early Friday.

Sue Allard, Jayme's aunt, told the newspaper she could barely express her joy after hearing the news. I mean, how she got out, we don't know that yet, you know, it wasn't just on her own.

Jayme's relatives are breathing sighs of relief. "And it was Jayme herself who gave us that break". When the dispatcher called the number back, a voice mail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs.

Police arrived to find the door kicked in but no one was there.

Closs escaped from the suspect's home, authorities said, but the circumstances under which she did so were not released.

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They also want to thank all the law enforcement agencies across the state and county that have assisted us in the case. It's just a great result we got tonight.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald speaks during a press conference on October 17, 2018 in Barron, Wis.

Investigators received more than 3,500 tips during those three months, Fitzgerald said.

October 24, 2018 - The FBI offers a $25,000 reward for information leading to Jayme's location.

Douglas County deputies later located a vehicle matching description of the suspect's auto provided by Closs, pulled Patterson over and arrested him. The decorations spelled out Jayme's name in big, glittery letters, and they included green bulbs and ribbons. The color green is often used to raise awareness of missing children.

Details of the case indicated that the teenager had been snatched minutes after an intruder came into the house and murdered her parents, damaging little else in the family home.

The Eau Claire Acres home development about six miles east of Gordon on Highway Y, according to the board chairman from the Town of Gordon.

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