Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs, 13, who was abducted from her home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15, the same day the teenager’s parents, James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found shot dead inside.
The board chairman of Gordon said Jayme was found at Eau Claire Acres, a development located about 70 miles away from her home. The teen was approached a woman walking her dog in the afternoon, when she told the stranger she had been kidnapped and that a man killed her parents.
When she knocked at the couple’s door, the first people to see her described the 13-year-old girl found alive after being missing since mid-October as ‘skinny and dirty but outwardly OK’, said Kristin and Peter Kasinskas , the couple who called 911 after the teenager flagged down a dog walker in rural Wisconsin and showed up at their door.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department confirmed Thursday evening that Jayme has been located in Douglas County, and the male suspect in the multiple homicide and kidnap was in custody.
The board chairman of Gordon said Jayme [seen left, recuperating in hospital], was found at Eau Claire Acres, a development located about 70 miles away from her home.The teen approached a woman walking her dog, and told the stranger she had been kidnapped and that a male abductor killed her parents.She was located at 4:43 p.m. on Thursday and a suspect was taken into custody at 4:54, according to Douglas County.The dogwalker, who has requested to remain anonymous, went with Jayme to her neighbors’ house and pounded on their door.
The teen vanished from her home in Barron, Wisconsin on October 15, the same day the teenager’s parents, James, and Denise Closs, [photo] were found shot dead inside
‘We want to thank the Douglas County 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!’
Jayme’s relieved family have said the teen is ‘talking, doing great and getting rest right now’.
Her aunt, Kelly Engelhardt, told KARE 11 that the news is what the family has ‘prayed for’ every day.
‘I honestly had faith… 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. Every day there was hope. We had too much love and support around us for us to give up,’ her aunt said.
Speaking with Kare11, Jayme’s uncle, Jeff Closs, said he is shocked and beyond grateful for the outcome the family desperately hoped for: ‘It was just unbelievable because you hear about… you’re not sure if she’s not going to be found. And when you actually hear it, it’s just unbelievable. We’re all just so grateful and happy,’ Jeff Closs said.
‘We thought it was going to be a different ending and we’re so happy… hopefully she’s OK, we don’t know what condition. Just she’s alive.’
Robert Naiber told GMA: ‘Wow. Whoopie. I’ve never been so happy for two months,’ after he his grand daughter was found.
Another family member Jennifer Smith added: ‘I haven’t got to see [my niece] yet but I get to see her this afternoon and I hear she is doing great and she’s getting rest right now.
‘We have her at a hospital and they’re getting her checked out and they have a suspect in custody and that’s all I know so far. She’s talking, yep, and she’s doing very well.’
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald holds up a mugshot of tghe suspect at Friday’s press conference
In December, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald revealed troubling details about the crime scene. Fitzgerald said the killer was in the Closs home for only four minutes, during which they stepped just five feet into the open plan house, shot James and Denise and took Jayme.
Both Denise and James died ‘instantly’ of their wounds, the sheriff said.
Despite a mysterious inaudible 911 call made from her mother’s cell at 12.54am, when police arrived at 12.58am, they revealed there was no sign that Jayme resisted her abductor. There was nothing taken and nothing disturbed.
In fact, there was no forensic evidence of any intruder at all.
Fitzgerald said: ‘That’s the frustrating part of it. We’ve had four different lab teams look at the scene before we released it. We were very strategic. When we discovered it was a major crime, we sealed it off immediately.
‘But if I’m in your house for minutes and I only step five feet inside your home I’m probably not going to leave a big footprint.’
He added: ‘It doesn’t appear that anything was taken, it doesn’t appear that Jayme packed up any clothing.’
Law enforcement officials haven’t ruled out that Jayme unwittingly played a part in the crime.
Fitzgerald, however, said at a press conference in October: ‘I’m telling you – Jayme is missing and endangered.’
However, searches of her social media, cell phone and computer have offered no evidence of conspiracy, – a boyfriend or anyone she met anyone online who might have targeted her or her parents.