BARRON COUNTY — Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald is reporting in a Facebook post that Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old girl missing since Oct. 15, has been located and is alive.
Closs has been missing since her parents were found dead in their Barron, Wisconsin home. According to the Douglas County Sheriff, she was found at 4:43 p.m. Thursday and a suspect was taken into custody at 4:54 p.m., in the Town of Gordon. Douglas County is in the northwestern tip of the state and includes the city of Superior.
The Star Tribune is reporting that Closs escaped, ran to a woman walking her dog and and asked her to call 911. The two went to a nearby home, where the homeowner then called police. The suspect was arrested shortly thereafter.
The town of Gordon is about 70 miles from Closs’s family home.
Officials say Closs is hospitalized and will be reunited with family members on Friday.
The post reads:
“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 (have) 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.”
This story will be updated as more details become available.