Missing 13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Found After Kidnapping, Parents Murdered

January 11, 2019
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A missing 13-year-old girl from Wisconsin who was kidnapped after her parents were found murdered in their home last October, has been found alive, police said.

Jayme Closs has be reunited with family members on Thursday night, police said. She was located in Gordon, Wisconsin, officials confirmed.

“We are just happy everyone kept praying and didn’t give up home like we didn’t,” Jayme’s aunt, Jennifer Smith, said to ABC News. “A lot of happy tears in this house tonight.”

A suspect has been taken into custody, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department stated in a news release. Police didn’t release any other details about the arrest.

A citizen called in the information which led to Jayme’s recovery, say police.

“We thank everyone all around for their help,” Smith said.

Investigators believe that Jayme was abducted on October 15, 2018, before dawn after her parents, James and Denise Closs, aged 56 and 46, were gunned down in their home in Barron.

Police reportedly responded to the house after a strange 911 call just before 1 a.m. local time when someone called from Denise Closs’ cellphone, and the 911 dispatcher heard “a lot of yelling,” according to records from the Barron County Sheriff’s Department which was obtained by ABC News.

The dispatcher called the number back however was unable to leave a voicemail.

More attempts were made, but the phone went unanswered.

Authorities have also tried calling the home’s landline but it was disconnected, records show.

When the authorities responded to the home minutes later, they found the front door kicked in and the couple had been shot to death.

Jayme was thought to be home when they were killed but had been abducted by the time police arrived.

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