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Wisconsin Teen Found Alive In The Woods Months After Her Parents Were Slain Inside Their Home

by Amy Paige
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It’s a stunning conclusion to a tragic mystery that’s been haunting the state of Wisconsin for months.

Thirteen-year-old Jayme Closs was last seen on October 14, 2018, at a family member’s birthday party. Early the next morning, a garbled 911 was made from her mother Denise’s cellphone.

When police arrived at the home just four minutes later, Jayme had already vanished, and Denise and her husband James were dead.

Someone had broken into the Closs’ home near Barron, Wisconsin, and fatally shot James and Denise Closs.

But where was Jayme?

The Barron County Sheriff’s Office said Jayme was likely kidnapped, thus setting off a massive search to find her.

Thousands of volunteers banded together when a tip came in on October 23, but she was nowhere to be found.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald had a gut feeling she was still alive — and after three agonizing months, it turns out he was right.

On January 11, 2019, a woman was walking her dog through the woods of Gordon, Wisconsin — one hour away from the Closs family home — when she was approached by a hungry teenage girl, covered in dirt and begging for help.

Watch this breaking news clip to learn how it all unfolded.

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