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Missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs found alive 87 days after the discovery of her parents' bodies


A suspect was apprehended shortly after the girl approached a stranger for help, an hour from her home

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Missing Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs has been found alive after an 87-day search, which followed the discovery of her parents' dead bodies in their house near the town of Barron.

The 13-year-old Jayme approached a stranger walking their dog in the streets of Gordon late Thursday afternoon, more than an hour's drive from the girl's home.

Police took a suspect into custody roughly 10 minutes after responding to the call that Jayme had been found.

What's the background?

Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot to death in their home on Oct. 15 following a mysterious 1 a.m. 911 call with yelling heard in the background. The door of the house had been kicked in, no gun was found at the scene, and "police discovered no motive," according to The Washington Post.

Jayme was not at the home when law enforcement arrived, and authorities believed she had been kidnapped. A widescale search was launched for the teenager.

So, how was she found?

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reported that at around 4:43 Thursday afternoon, Jayme approached a woman in Gordon who was walking her dog and asked for help. The woman rushed Jayme to a neighbor's home nearby and told residents Peter and Kristin Kasinkas, "This is Jayme Closs! Call 911!"

While waiting for the police to arrive, Jayme declined food and water, but accepted a blanket and played with the couple's new puppy. Peter Kasinkas told the Star Tribune that the teenager said she didn't know which town she was in, and showed little emotion.

Gordon is about 65 miles north of the town where she went missing.

What about the suspect?

Kristin Kasinkas told NBC's "Today" show that Jayme gave the name of her alleged kidnapper, and was able to provide some information about the suspect's vehicle.

According to CNN, police said Jayme was located shortly before 5 p.m,, and a suspect in her disappearance was taken into custody 10 minutes later. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald plans to hold a news conference Friday to discuss further details surrounding the case. The suspect's name has not yet been disclosed.

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