Wisconsin town rejoices after teen missing for almost three months found alive

Wisconsin town rejoices after teen missing for almost three months found alive

A 13-year-old Wisconsin girl who went missing in October after her parents were killed has been found alive, authorities said.

The suspect was identified by authorities Friday as Jake Thomas Patterson of Gordon, Wisconsin, the same town where Jayme was found alive the day before by a woman walking her dog.

Fitzgerald said investigators believe the girl was "the only target" but they weren't yet able to say how they believe the suspect learned about her.

A suspect was taken into custody about 10 minutes after authorities found Jayme, the sheriff's office said.

Without getting specific, authorities said on Friday that James Thomas Patterson took various steps to avoid detection by law enforcement and the public after the October 15 murders.

More than 200 law enforcement officials were on the ground around the clock in the days after Jayme's disappearance, sifting through thousands of tips but finding little to go on. It appears he had no contact with Jayme or her family prior to the abduction, and it's not clear whether they knew each other, Fitzgerald said.

Patterson does not have a criminal history.

"Jayme was taken against her will and escaped from the residence at which she was being held in. Call 911!" the neighbour said.

"Prayers from our family, we got prayers from everybody", said Steven Naiberg, the teen's uncle.

Gordon is located around 100km north of Barron, Closs's hometown. Only then did the girl reveal her name.

"There was rumors earlier today, and I prayed and prayed, and they come to not be true", Allard told CNN affiliate WCCO reporter Mary McGuire.

On the sheriff department's Facebook page later on Thursday evening, Fitzgerald wrote that Closs would be reunited with her family that night. The Barron County Sheriff's Department has scheduled a news conference Friday morning. "I've been in the dumpster for three months". "She just yelled please help me I don't know where I am".

The woman says she took Jayme to the nearby home of Peter and Kristin Kasinskas and told them to call 911.

Police had been searching for Jayme Closs since October, when they discovered someone had broken into her family home and fatally shot her parents, but the 13-year-old was nowhere to be seen.

Her parents had been shot to death and investigators confirmed Friday that Jayme witnessed the killings before being abducted.

"I've always been a glass half-full kind of guy", Fitzgerald said at the time. Jayme was quiet, her emotions "pretty flat", Mr Kasinskas said. Several intensive searches took place in the area, but none yielded any clues, and for weeks Fitzgerald has been saying that authorities have no new leads.

He acknowledged that Jayme may not be the same person she was before she disappeared. "I just can't wait".

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