Missing 13-year-old found alive after she was kidnapped, parents murdered

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- Patty Wetterling said she was "dancing around" when she heard the news Thursday night that 13-year-old Jayme Closs had been found alive after almost three months.

A suspect has been taken into custody, the Barron County Sheriff's Department said in a news release. They will hold a presser Friday morning, hopefully shedding some more light on this investigation.

Closs, 13, was reported missing on October 15 after police responded to a 911 call at her home in Barron County and found her parents shot to death. When the dispatcher called the number back, a voice mail greeting indicated the phone belonged to Denise Closs.

"I have a gut feeling she's (Jayme's) still alive", Fitzgerald said at the time.

Denny Kline, board chairman in the Town of Gordon, says he first learned Jayme was found while listening to a police scanner, which he has for work.

Detectives start an effort to find Jayme that includes thousands of tips, surveillance videos and massive searches with the help of volunteers.

Local media reports they blocked all streets to an address east of the town, about a mile away from where Jayme was discovered. She told the paper that when Jayme walked up to her, she immediately knew who she was.

'It was just unbelievable because you hear about... you're not sure if she's not going to be found.

They said a suspect believed to be linked to the case was now in custody.

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Jayme was quiet, her emotions 'pretty flat, ' Peter Kasinskas said. County buildings dedicated Christmas trees to Jayme, decorating them in her favorite colors and the word "Hope".

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the sheriff's office in Douglas County, about 70 miles north of Barron County, located the girl.

Earlier on Thursday, Barron County Sheriff's officials had to quash news that Closs was relocated, saying that heavy law enforcement presence near a county southwest of Milwaukee was not related to Closs.

He acknowledged that Jayme may not be the same person she was before she disappeared.

The FBI offers $25,000 for information leading to Jayme's location.

On 10 January, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office announced Jayme had been found alive.

This is a developing story, we will have more details when they become available.

Jayme's aunt, Kelly Engelhardt, told KARE 11 that the news is what the family has "prayed for" every day.

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