Jayme Closs’s Godmother Thanks Community For Their Unwavering Hope

Jayme Closs teenager missing since October whose parents were murdered found alive

"I can not wait to see her".

Investigators say they don't consider Jayme a suspect in her parents' deaths.

In the days after Jayme's disappearance, law enforcement officials assured the public they believed she was alive and in danger. "She did not talk about why or how". The Town of Gordon, where she was found, is about an hour's drive north of Barron.

Next to her neighbor, Kasinskas said, was a young girl.

"I was at the right place at the right time", the woman said.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said Thursday night he was overjoyed at learning she is alive. "I don't recall anything that would have explained this, by any means".

Jayme, who was evaluated at a hospital, is being interviewed and will be re-united with her family.

Closs has been missing since October 15, when her parents were found murdered in their Barron, Wisconsin home. Douglas County, where Jayme was found, is hundreds of miles northwest of Walworth County. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement.

A months-long search effort was launched, with authorities following up on thousands of tips. Some tips led officials to recruit 2,000 volunteers for a massive ground search on October 23 but it yielded no clues.

Elizabeth Smart, rescued nine months after being abducted while a teen from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, called the result "a miracle". "There was rumors earlier today, and I prayed and prayed and they come to not be true. Jayme has been found!", Kroeze posted. Fitzgerald said the teen left the home on foot, but otherwise didn't have details on how she managed to escape.

During the 20 minutes Jayme was in their home, Peter and Kristin Kasinskas said they tried to make her feel more comfortable. "They offered her food and water but she declined".

"Jayme we missed you, and we are so grateful you are home", Tremblay said, speaking for the whole community.

Kasinskas says Jayme told her the name of the person who'd been holding her captive.

The sheriff's department in Douglas County, where the town of Gordon is located, announced Thursday that it had located Jayme alive late Thursday afternoon and that a suspect was arrested 10 minutes later.

"It's incredible the will of that 13 year old girl to survive and escape - it comes from the hope and the prayers and this community", Fitzgerald said.

CBS Minnesota spoke with Jayme's aunt Sue on Thursday evening who said her niece was now at the hospital.

"Oh my gosh", Allard told CNN affiliate WCCO between sobs.

"We are just happy everyone kept praying and didn't give up hope, like we didn't", Smith told ABC News Thursday evening.

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