The Latest: Missing Wisconsin girl named her captor

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BARRON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on a Wisconsin teenager who was found alive three months after disappearing following her parents’ deaths (all times local):

8:20 a.m.

A woman who helped a Wisconsin girl who’d been missing for three months following her parents’ deaths says the girl told her she’d been held against her will.

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Kristin Kasinskas says she took 13-year-old Jayme Closs into her home after the girl and a woman she’d approached for help came to her door Thursday afternoon in the small town of Gordon.

Kasinskas says Jayme told her the name of the person who’d been holding her captive. Kasinskas says she recognized the name but didn’t know the person.

Kasinskas tells NBC’s “Today Show” that Jayme talked about being locked up or hidden when the person had to leave, but that the girl didn’t detail how she got away.

Jayme was reported missing on Oct. 15, after her parents were found fatally shot in their home near Barron, about an hour’s drive south of Gordon.


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7:35 a.m.

The grandfather of a Wisconsin girl who went missing after her parents were killed in October says he received a call late Thursday that he’d been praying for, informing him his granddaughter had been found alive .

Robert Naiberg told The Associated Press on Friday that his daughter called him with news that 13-year-old Jayme Closs had escaped her captor near the small town of Gordon, about an hour’s drive from where her family lived.

Naiberg says Jayme reported that she’d been held by “a guy in the woods” but was able to escape.

Witnesses say Jayme approached a woman walking her dog Thursday, asking for help. The woman took her to a nearby home owned by Peter Kasinskas.

Kasinskas tells Minnesota Public Radio News that Jayme told him she’d been abducted, that her parents had been murdered and that she left a nearby house after she’d been left alone.

Investigators confirm a suspect is in custody but say no other details would be released until a Friday news conference.

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6:45 a.m.

The aunt of Wisconsin teenager who disappeared after her parents were killed in the family’s home says the girl escaped from where she was being held and ran to a woman walking her dog for help.

Jen Smith tells ABC’s “Good Morning America” that investigators told her that her niece, 13-year-old Jayme Closs, had escaped and was being treated at a hospital Thursday.

Smith says she was given no other details about the case, other than being told a suspect was in custody.

Investigators confirm they have a suspect in custody, but say no other details would be released until a Friday news conference.

Jayme had been missing since Oct. 15. Police discovered someone had broken into her family’s home in Barron, killed her parents and apparently abducted her.

Jayme was found in the Town of Gordon, about an hour’s drive north of Barron.

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12 a.m.

Investigators are expected to explain how they located a Wisconsin teenager missing for three months alive and took a suspect into custody.

Authorities say 13-year-old Jayme Closs was found Thursday afternoon in the Town of Gordon in Douglas County, Wisconsin. A suspect was apprehended minutes later. Jayme was taken to a hospital for an evaluation.

Jayme had been missing since Oct. 15, when police discovered someone had broken into her family’s home in Barron, killed her parents and apparently abducted her. The Town of Gordon, where she was found, is about an hour’s drive north of Barron.

The Minneapolis Star Tribune reports Jayme approached a woman walking her dog but authorities have released no details. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department has scheduled a news conference Friday morning.

Associated Press

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