Jayme Closs found alive in northern Wisconsin, suspect in custody

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BARRON (WREX) — Jayme Closs has been found alive Thursday in Douglas County and a suspect is in custody, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office.

13-year-old Closs was found in the town of Gordon at 4:43 p.m. Thursday, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. The suspect was taken into custody a few minutes later, according to officials.

Gordon, Wisconsin, is 66 miles north of Barron, Closs’s hometown. Gordon’s population is 645, according to the 2000 U.S. Census.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Office is leading the investigation and will provide further updates but no updates will be available Thursday night to answer further questions.

“We want to thank the Douglas Co Sheriff’s Department and agencies assisting them tonight,” the Barron County Sheriff said. “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.”

Closs’s Oct. 2018 disappearance prompted a nationwide search. She was reported missing the same day her parents were found dead in her home on Oct. 15.

According to the Barron County Sheriff’s Office a 911 call was made around 1 a.m. the night of Closs’s disappearance. No one was heard talking but the operator heard a disturbance and yelling. In four minutes, the sheriff’s office said, deputies arrived and saw the front door kicked in and her parents, James and Denise dead from gunshot wounds.

The Barron County Sheriff’s office followed up on thousands of tips following her disappearance.

The Barron County Sheriff’s Office will hold a press conference Friday at 10 a.m. to release details surrounding Closs being found and the suspect’s arrest.

13 WREX will follow this story and bring you any updates available.

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