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Missing Teen Jayme Closs Found Alive Months After She Disappeared

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Closs had been missing since her parents were found murdered in October.

Now, after a hectic 87-day search, the Barron County Sheriff Department is sharing the good news that Closs has been found alive, and that a suspect in her disappearance has been taken into custody.

Closs was located by the Douglas County Sheriff’s office in the small town of Gordon, Wisconsin, more than 60 miles away from her home.

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In October, police said Closs was alive but in danger after disappearing from her home.Barron CountySheriff's Department - Facebook

The Star Tribune reported that Closs managed to escape from a home in Gordon and approached a dog walker who led Closs to a neighbor’s home.

Closs reportedly told both neighbors who she was, said she had been kidnapped, and asked them to call 911.

The neighbor who answered her door, Kristin Kasinkas, said that Closs was skinny, had messy hair, and was wearing shoes too large for her feet.

One of Closs’ family members said that the teen is not hurt, and that she had been answering questions for the FBI.

While more details have yet to be released, authorities say they will hold a news conference this morning.

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Closs' family said she was not injured, and assisting police in their investigation.Barron County Sheriff's Department - Facebook

Closs spent Thursday night in the hospital, according to her aunt Sue Allard.

"There was rumors earlier today, and I prayed and prayed, and they come to not be true," Allard to WCCO. "And I just shut myself totally down. I thought today was going to be the day, and then I find out two hours later that she's found and I just cannot believe this."

The search for Closs began October 15th in the quiet town of Barron, Wisconsin, when her parents were found shot and killed in their home  after an apparent break-in.

A 911 call from the home led police to discover the grisly scene, but Closs was nowhere to be found. Investigators said they believed Closs was home during the shooting, and told the public she was likely alive and in danger.

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Thousands joined the search for Closs as her case gained national attention.Barron County Sheriff's Department - Facebook

Closs’ case gained national attention during her disappearance, and was even mentioned on The Voice by contestant Chris Kroeze.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald thanked the public and Closs' family for their support during the hunt for the missing girl.

"We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!" Fitzgerald said in a statement.

"This case has been very trying on the family so please respect their privacy and we reunite them later tonight."

[H/T: USA Today, CNN]

We're glad Closs is safe! Thanks to all the investigators who helped bring her home.

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