UPDATE: Jayme Closs found alive in Douglas County; police activity in SE Wisconsin not connected

January 11, 2019 09:33 AM

UPDATE: Jayme Closs was found alive Thursday late afternoon, according to the Barron County Sheriff's Office. Jayme walked up to a woman walking her dog in Gordon, Douglas County, at about 4:43 p.m., telling her a man killed her parents and that she needed help.

Friday morning, ABC News reported Jayme's family said when Jayme was found, "she had large shoes on that were too big for her. And she was pretty dirty and her hair was matted. They offered her food and water but she declined."


The news came after Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald had said that a heavy law enforcement presence Southeastern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon was not connected to the case.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says missing teen Jayme Closs has not been located, and that a heavy law enforcement presence Southeastern Wisconsin Thursday afternoon is not connected to the case.

ABC affiliate WISN in Milwaukee reported officials from the Franklin Police Department, the Walworth County Sheriff's Department, the Town of East Troy police, the Milwaukee Police Department and the Wisconsin Department of Justice descended upon a rural area of Walworth County along Highway J Thursday afternoon.

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Franklin police said an ongoing criminal investigation led officers there.

That led to online speculation that Jayme, who has been missing since her parents were found fatally shot in their home on Oct. 15, had been located.

But speaking to KSTP, the sheriff confirmed what he had tweeted earlier - that Jayme has not been located.

Assistant Police Chief Kevin Magno of the Franklin Police Department also said the law enforcement presence had nothing to do with Jayme. He said the matter was an open investigation and could not provide additional details.

A press release from Franklin police said there is no danger to the public at this time.

Detectives have pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and spent countless hours searching for Jayme in the months since her disappearance, but their efforts have not yielded a suspect or suspects.

Fitzgerald had previously said he plans to update the media on Jan. 15 about new partners and an expanded team that's working to find her.

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