Praise the Lord! The missing 13-year-old from Wisconsin, Jayme Closs, has been found alive. She was kidnapped after her parents were found murdered in their Wisconsin home.
Jayme had been missing since October 15. Police revealed details about her captor in the press conference after a suspect has been taken into custody, the Barron County Sheriff's Department said in a news release.
Jayme was found in Douglas County. A suspect, 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, is in custody after Jayme gave his name and details about his vehicle.
"We want to thank the Douglas Co Sheriff’s Department and agencies assisting them tonight. We also want to thank all the Law Enforcement agencies across the state and county that have assisted us in this case. We also could not have endured this case without the support of the public and I want to thank them for all the support and help," police said in a statement.
On October 15 around 1 a.m., police responded to a 911 call from Denise Closs' cellphone. In the call, the 911 dispatcher heard "a lot of yelling." The police found James and Denise Closs dead and Jayme missing.
We will update you on the story when more details are released in the morning. Thanks be to God that this little girl has been found. Please pray for her as she deals with the trauma of being kidnapped and losing her parents.
Elizabeth Smart, who was herself a victim of kidnapping as a child, responded to the news of Jayme's recovery on social media.
She wrote on Instagram, "Jayme Closs What a miracle!!! Jayme Closs has been found!!!! I’m so thrilled to hear the news. What has been such a heart wrenching tragedy finally has some happiness in the story."
She added that she's praying for Jayme. She also asked for privacy for the young woman, whose situation she can uniquely empathize with.
"I’m praying for Jayme and all her family that they can have a joyous reunion and as the rest of the country celebrates alongside this happy occasion we all are mindful to give the family their space and privacy on their road to finding a new sense of normal and moving forward. I have no doubt Jayme and her family will forever appreciate the efforts and prayers of the many thousands of people who contributed and kept them in their thoughts and prayers!"
She also emphasized Jayme's role as a survivor rather than a victim.
"I hope we may all continue to support and embrace Jayme as she reclaims her life and comes to terms with the reality of her situation. What a brave, strong, and powerful survivor!!!! No matter what may unfold in her story let’s all try to remember that this young woman has SURVIVED and whatever other details may surface the most important will still remain that she is alive."
She concluded, "May god bless you Jayme Closs and may we all continue to search for every missing child."