Jayme Closs Found Alive Suspect in Custody


Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who vanished 88 days ago has been found alive on Jan. 10, 2019. On Oct. 15, 2018, James and Denise Closs were shot and murdered. Then Jayme Closs disappeared.

Police received an anonymous 911 call which led them to the bodies. The call came from the home of the Closs’ via ping. When the dispatcher tried calling the number, a voicemail came on from Denise Closs.

Police arrived at the home and found the door open. It had actually been kicked in by someone unknown.  They found the dead bodies, and Jayme was missing.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced that Closs has been found alive. He also said that police had a suspect, who was taken into custody. He also said Closs was found 66 miles from her home in Gordon, Wisconsin. The case was transferred to the Douglas County Sheriff’s office.

Jeanne Nutter, a former social worker was out walking her dog on Thursday. A young girl came up to her screaming asking for help. Nutter took Closs to a neighbor who called 911.

On Jan. 11, the Douglas County Sherriff’s office wrote on their website that Closs was found at 4:43 p.m. in the Town of Gordon and a suspect was apprehended at 4:54 p.m. and taken into custody.

Closs’ Aunt Jen Smith was on “Good Morning America” on Friday saying that she is doing fantastic and is resting. She does not know anything else is she escaped from where she was being held, hostage, saw a lady out walking her dog and ran up to her for help.

At a press conference on Jan. 11 at 11:00 a.m. ET, it was reported that the suspect’s name is Jake Patterson who is 21-years-old from Gordon, Wisconsin. They also believe Closs was the intended target.

Diane Trembley superintendent from Barron area school district was in tears when she said that Jamie has been reunited with friends and family. In the past months without Jaime, they have been praying for her. It was 88 days and they never lost faith that the authorities would find her. She thanked Jamie for being courageous and finding a way to come back.

Trembley said that there will be a big celebration in honor of Closs’ return.

Another press conference will be held on Jan. 11 at 4:00 p.m. ET.

Written By Barbara Sobel
Edited by Cathy Milne-Ware


CNN: Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs found alive in Wisconsin
USA Today: Jayme Closs is ‘traumatized,’ woman who helped Wisconsin teen to safety says
Journal Sentinal: Jayme Closs disappeared from Barron County and was found almost three months later in Douglas County

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