Jayme Closs, 13, had not been seen for 3 months after both her parents were found shot dead at their Wisconsin home
A 13-year-old girl, missing since her parents were shot dead in their home three months ago, was miraculously found alive on Thursday.
Jayme Closs was malnourished and dirty after apparently fleeing her captor in a remote community and flagging down a dog walker, police and media said.
She was abducted from her home on October 15 when the bodies of her murdered parents James Closs, 56, and his wife Denise, 46, were found.
A man has been arrested in connection with the deaths but his name has not been released.
The board chairman of Gordon, the town where the dog walker took the teen, said Jayme was found at Eau Claire Acres, a development about 70 miles away from her home.
The child’s disappearance made national news, sparking massive searches, with 1,500 volunteers scouring woods and fields in suburban Minneapolis, and the offer of a $25,000 reward for her safe return.
Jayme was found by a resident of the town of Gordon, about an hour’s drive from the Closs home.
A dog walker who found her frantically knocked on the door of Kristin and Peter Kasinskas.
Jayme was described as skinny and dirty with matted hair and wearing shoes that did not fit.
The dog walker shouted “This is Jayme Closs! Call 911!”. the Minneapolis Star Tribune said.
Neighbors in the small northern community called police, who said they took a suspect into custody just minutes later. The exact details of the child’s escape were not released
The woman who found Jayme asked that her name not be used, saying she was exhausted and unnerved by the dramatic events of the day.
In a phone interview late Thursday, she said that Jayme “came up to me and said she wanted help.”
“I honestly still think I’m dreaming right now. It was like I was seeing a ghost,” Peter Kasinskas said.
“It was scary and awesome at the same time. My jaw just went to the floor.”
Late on Thursday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced that Jayme had been found in Gordon, but he had few other details.
“We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise,” Fitzgerald said in a statement, thanking
A suspect was taken into custody,” he added.
“We do not have any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation.”
Jayme was taken to a nearby hospital for treatment, but her condition was not immediately clear, with the sheriff asking the media and public to respect the family’s privacy.