Missing US teen Jayme Closs found alive, three months after parents killed

County Wis. Sheriff's Department shows Jayme Closs who was discovered missing Oct. 15 2018 after her parents were found fatally shot at their home in Barron Wis. The Barron County Sheriff'

Missing teen whose parents were shot is found alive, suspect in custody

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.

CBS affiliate WCCO spoke with Jayme's aunt Sue, who says Jayme is now in the hospital; once she's released, she'll be brought back to Barron to be reunited with her family.

A woman reportedly called the police after she spotted Closs while out walking her dog, telling WCCO that the young teen approached her and said she needed help.

But Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said they never got exhausted of looking for Jayme. "The subject planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public". Jayme was skinny and dirty, wearing shoes too big for her feet, but appeared outwardly OK, the neighbors said. She told the paper that when Jayme walked up to her, she immediately knew who she was.

Patterson was being held Friday in Barron County on preliminary charges of first-degree intentional homicide and kidnapping, Fitzgerald said.

Mr Fitzgerald said Jayme was taken to hospital but has since been medically cleared and released. She said she taught him middle school science but only remembered that he was quiet.

Gordon is roughly an hour's drive north of Barron, where Jayme was last seen in October.

Kasinskas said she brought the "slender-looking" girl into her living room and sat down with her. I can't wait to get my arms around her.

CBS Minnesota spoke with Jayme's aunt Sue on Thursday evening who said her niece was now at the hospital. "It's the news we've been waiting on for three months".

"I don't even really know how to describe it, just kind of like the surprise and panic at the same time", she shared. Jayme was missing and an AMBER Alert was issued for her.

Police said they had a man in custody in connection with the disappearance of Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents, James, 56, and Denise, 46, whose bodies were found in their home on October 15. An initial ground search yielded no clues, but a second search by more than 2,000 people turned up several items of interest to investigators, the AP reports.

She was rescued nine months later with the help of two witnesses who recognised her abductors from an America's Most Wanted episode.

Patterson, who has never before been arrested, was holding Jayme inside the home he was raised in, investigators said Friday.

The town's mayor Ron Fladten said the news was a "great result" and that he had been "praying daily" for the safe return of Jayme.

'I hope that she's in good shape, ' the mayor said. As they waited for authorities, Jayme declined food and water, and instead met the family's puppy.

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