A Wisconsin 13-year-old girl missing since October has been found alive, according to the Barron County Sheriff’s Department.
The department shared on Facebook Thursday night that they’ve been notified by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department that they have located Jayme Closs alive. A suspect is in custody.
Twin Cities television station KARE reports that the missing girl was located in the Douglas County Town of Gordon. At a Press Conference on Friday, Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec says a Town of Gordon woman walking her dog spotted a girl who said she was Jayme.
“This lady immediately went to a nearby house, notified that neighbor of the claim, and this neighbor called 9-1-1 and my deputies responded.” Closs was able to give a description of the suspect, who’s been named at 21-year-old Jake Patterson of Gordon.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says Patterson specifically planned to kidnap Jayme.
“We do believe that Jayme was the only target. I can tell you that the subject planned his actions, and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public.”
Barron County prosecutors are planning to file kidnapping and first degree homicide charges against him next week.
Jayme Closs has been missing since her parents James and Denise Closs were found murdered in their Barron home on October 15.