Jayme Closs, Wisconsin teen missing since last October, found alive, suspect in custody, sheriff says
Jayme Closs, a teenager who disappeared in Wisconsin last October, has been found aliveand a suspect has been taken into custody, officials said Thursday. (FBI)
Douglas County is roughly 80 miles north of Barron County.
Authorities, who said a suspect was taken into custody shortly after Closs was found, noted they "do not have any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation."
Closs vanished on Oct. 15 after her parents were fatally shot at their home in Barron County,located about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis. Autopsies determined the two died of gunshot wounds and were murdered, and that Closs was inside the home when they were killed.
Local authorities and the FBI launched an investigation into her disappearance and said at the time that they believed the teen was kidnapped. "I'm telling you: Jayme is missing and endangered," Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference in October.
Before Closs was reported missing, a mysterious 911 call was made from her home. The sheriff's department received a 911 call at 12:58 a.m. from an unknown person.
The caller didnt communicate with police, but noises heard in the background suggested a disturbance or struggle of some kind. 911 logsreleased days laterappeared to indicate that the cell phone of Closs' mother, 46-year-old Denise Closs, placed the call and that her father, 56-year-old James Closs, answered the door and was the first to be fatally shot.
No one talked on that call and we don't know who made it. We heard voices but we cant make out what was said," Fitzgerald told Fox News in November. "We do believe Jayme was home at the time the call was made.
Jayme Closs, 13, vanished on Oct. 15 after her parents were fatally shot at their home in Barron County,located about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis. (Courtesy of Barron County Sheriff's Department via AP, File)
The sheriff previously said his office was receiving around 25 tips per day regarding Closs' disappearance. He'd been confident that Closs was alive somewhere.
"I have a gut feeling she's still alive, Fitzgerald said. I've always been a glass-half-full kind of guy.