Three months ago, Jayme Closs was nowhere to be found when her parents were discovered deceased in their Wisconsin home on October 15.
As Dearly previously reported, prior to police arriving on the scene, dispatchers received a 911 call to report screaming and sounds of gunshots — sounds also heard by nearby neighbors.
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One of those neighbors, Joan Smrekar, described what she heard before the police arrived at the Closs home:
“Very loud shots, big gun and didn’t think anything of it. There’s deer, there’s bear, you name it out here so no it didn’t really bother us to hear shots. It’s just something that we hear and with hunting season coming…”
The call reportedly came from inside the home. However, the person responsible for making the call was never made public.
When the police arrived, they only found Jayme’s parents, 46-year-old Denise Closs and 56-year-old James Closs, in the home. It was as if the teenager had vanished.
The door to their home was also found to have been kicked in.
For months, the FBI and volunteers searched for Jayme, but she remained missing — until now.
According to CNN, Jayme was found alive by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department in Wisconsin.
— FBI Most Wanted (@FBIMostWanted) October 18, 2018
A suspect was taken into custody. However, no other details regarding the recovery of Jayme have been made available to the public.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement which was posted to Facebook on January 10:
Jayme Closs has been locatedOn Thursday evening the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Douglas CO…
Fitzgerald wrote in part, “On Thursday evening the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Douglas CO WI Sheriff’s Department that they had located Jayme Closs alive. […]
Finally, we want to especially thank the family for their support and patience while this case was ongoing. We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!
This case has been very trying on the family so please respect their privacy and we reunite them later tonight.”