A 13-year-old girl who went missing when her parents were shot dead in their home three months ago has been found alive after she escaped and asked a dog walker for help.
Jayme Closs, from northwest Wisconsin, went missing in October after her parents were killed.
“I heard she escaped and found a woman walking with a dog and asked for help and that’s all I know,” Sue Allard, the girl’s aunt told local outlet Fox9.
“I was devastated, but now, for this to be true, and Jayme, I cannot wait to give her a hug.
“I cannot wait to see her.”
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department said on its Facebook page that Jayme has been located and that a suspect was taken into custody.
Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the sheriff’s office in Douglas County, about 110 kilometres north of Barron County, located the girl.
A suspect was apprehended a short time later. The statement did not say where Jayme was found or give any further information about the suspect.
The sheriff’s office plans to hold a news conference Friday morning to discuss the case.
Jayme has been missing since her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot to death on October 15 at the family’s home near Barron.
Investigators said Jayme was quickly ruled out as a suspect.
Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find Jayme.
Some tips led officials to recruit 2000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23.