Jayme Closs found after missing for months: authorities


They gave no details on how she escaped except to say Patterson was not home at the time.

A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing in October after her parents were shot dead has been found alive.

The 13-year-old was missing when police arrived, leading to an intense manhunt that ended when she was found alive Thursday about 70 miles from her home, 88 days after she disappeared.

It was awesome. The stress, the relief - it was awesome, " Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said, describing the moment he learned Jayme had been found.

Authorities do not know how the suspect allegedly held Jayme captive for close to three months or how he was able to hide his alleged crime.

"We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfil that promise", Fitzgerald said in a statement, thanking the community.

"While I don't know how she escaped at this time, we believe that the suspect was out looking for her when law enforcement made contact with him", Fitzgerald said Friday.

Fitzgerald said Saturday that investigators will try to determine, among other things, how Jayme escaped and the conditions in which she was held.

"Eventually, she will be able to go there, when she's ready, and read the messages that people all over the world are leaving for her", Salmonson said. "Did he buy food?"

"He didn't know Jayme, he didn't know (her parents) Denise or Jim", Naiberg said.

The girl's disappearance was well publicised
Image The girl's disappearance was well publicised

"Jayme is an example of why we never lose hope and never stop searching", the organisation said on Facebook.

The sheriff said they found a number of weapons at his home, including a shotgun that resembled the one used to shoot open the Closs´s front door in the middle of the night on October 15 and kill Jayme´s parents James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.

It won't happen quickly, though, Bowers said, and people need to realize that Jayme will relive her trauma in different ways throughout her life - including if she forms romantic relationships or has children of her own. Charges are expected against Patterson on Monday, when he is expected to make his initial appearance in court. The girl's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, insisted Saturday that none of them know him, raising questions about how Patterson became aware of Jayme. We had too much love and support around us for us to give up, ' her aunt said.

The Star Tribune said Closs's aunt Sue Allard sobbed upon hearing news that the teen had been found.

Additionally, authorities "don't believe there was a social media connection" between Closs and Patterson and are working to figure out "how he became aware of Jayme", Fitzgerald said. Ten minutes after Jayme was found, Patterson was pulled over and arrested.

The sheriff said investigators believe Patterson killed them in order to abduct the girl.

Over the past few months, detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches for Jayme, including one that drew 2,000 volunteers but yielded no clues. Nutter said Jayme did not have a coat or gloves. "But I'd also tell her that there is no going back to who she was before she was kidnapped, before this happened".

In a newly released photo, the teen is seen smiling with Smith.

"She is doing great", Fitzgerald told CNN's "Anderson Cooper Full Circle".

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