Jayme Closs is missing

Barron County, WI sheriffs office

Police find Jayme Closs alive — suspect in custody

21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson is in custody

January 10, 2019 - 8:18 pm

After missing for nearly three months Jayme Closs is found alive and one person is in custody.

The 13-year-old was found alive Thursday evening just about an hour north of her rural Barron, Wis., home not far from Duluth in the town of Gordon, Wis. 

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement they were notified by the Douglas County, Wis., Sheriff’s Department that they had located Jayme Closs. A suspect was taken into custody, but officials did not released more information.

Multiple reports indicate that Jayme was able to escape her captor at around 4 p.m. Thursday and approached a woman walking her dog in the rural town. They went to a nearby house and called 911.

Jayme has been missing since Oct. 15, after deputies responded to an inaudible 911 call from her parents’ home. Investigators found Jayme's parents James and Denise Closs shot and killed and Jayme nowhere to be found.

Her family members made an impassioned plea for her return in late October. A massive search with two thousand volunteers turned up no evidence.

The Sheriff’s department has investigated more than 2,000 tips and a $50,000 reward was offered for information leading to an arrest. 

The Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald released the news on the department's Facebook page Thursday evening.

Statement from The Barron County Sheriff's Office:

On Thursday evening the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Douglas CO WI Sheriff’s Department that they had located Jayme Closs alive.

Shortly after this a suspect was taken into custody in regards to this case. We do not any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation. We will not be answering any questions or taking calls on this tonight.

We are planning a press briefing approximately 10 am tomorrow at the Sheriff’s Department in Barron. We are receiving support from the FBI and WI DCI agents as this investigation continues.

We want to thank the Douglas Co 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!

This case has been very trying on the family so please respect their privacy and we reunite them later tonight.

Sheriff Fitzgerald

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