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Missing Teen Jayme Closs Found Alive After 3 Months

Jayme Closs fled Wisconsin kidnapper
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2019 12:43 AM CST
Updated Jan 11, 2019 6:35 AM CST
In this Oct. 17, 2018 photo, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald speaks during a news conference about 13-year-old Jayme Closs.   (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP, File)
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(Newser) – Amazing news from Wisconsin, where relatives of 13-year-old Jayme Closs say their prayers have been answered. Jayme has been found alive almost three months after her parents were found dead in their home, the Barron County Sheriff's Department announced in a Facebook post late Thursday. The sheriff's department says a suspect is in custody and more details will be disclosed in a press conference Friday morning. The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the "bedraggled and malnourished" girl fled her captor and sought help from neighbors in an area of cabins east of Gordon, a town around 65 miles north of her home in Barron. She disappeared on Oct. 15.

Teacher Kristin Kasinkas says a neighbor who had been walking a dog knocked on their door frantically around 4pm Thursday, accompanied by a girl, and said: "This is Jayme Closs! Call 911." The dog walker tells the Star Tribune that Jayme came up to her and said she wanted help. Relatives say Jayme, whose parents were shot to death, is now recuperating in the hospital. "We are just happy everyone kept praying and didn't give up hope like we didn't," Jayme's aunt, Jennifer Smith, tells ABC. "A lot of happy tears in this house tonight." (Police received a mysterious 911 call on the night Jayme disappeared and her parents were found dead.)

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