Jayme Closs, girl who went missing after parents were killed, found safe

Blanche Robertson
January 11, 2019

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.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the sheriff's office in Douglas County, about 110 kilometres north of Barron County, located the girl.

Closs was found in the Wisconsin town of Gordon at 4:43 p.m. Thursday, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirmed.

A suspect has been taken into custody, but no more details were immediately available, the sheriff's department said.

Robert Naiberg said that nothing seemed amiss at the gathering, and that Jayme was "quiet as always".

"We are just happy everyone kept praying and didn't give up home like we didn't", Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, told ABC News.

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Relatives of Closs spoke to FOX 9 Thursday night to describe what finding her means to the family.

The following Wednesday, the deaths of James and Denise Closs were officially ruled as homicide by a medical examiner.

Jayme's parents James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found dead at their home in rural Barron early Monday, October 15, with their daughter's disappearance prompting an Amber Alert later that day. "We are also hopeful for the safe return of their daughter, Jayme, and are keeping her and the Closs family in our thoughts".

Allard mentioned that the family is "appreciative" of everyone's efforts in helping find Closs. They also want to thank all the law enforcement agencies across the state and county that have assisted us in the case.

At the time, authorities believe Closs was inside her home when her parents were killed, but was gone by the time deputies arrived at the scene. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!' I figured if they hadn't found her by now that the person that did this didn't want her dead, so I had hope.

Two months after Jayme had been missing, Fitzgerald said the lack of evidence seemed to suggest that the killer or killers didn't get far in the home as investigators had not recovered any DNA evidence or fingerprints, nor did they find shoe prints inside the home.

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