Reports: Jayme Closs fled her captor, found by dog walker

The 13-year-old's family have expressed huge joy and relief that she's been found.
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More details are emerging about the moment Jayme Closs was found in northwestern Wisconsin, having been missing for almost three months following the killing of her parents.

The dramatic development in the case saw the 13 year old found near the small town of Gordon in Douglas County, Wisconsin, on Thursday, which is about 65 miles north of Closs' home in rural Barron.

Closs apparently fled her captor, before approaching a dog walker, identified by MPR as former social worker Jeanne Nutter, near the Eau Claire Acres development, about 9 miles east of Gordon, around 4 p.m. Thursday.

The teen said she needed help, and MPR notes that Nutter took her to a nearby home belonging to Kristin Kasinskas, walking through the door and telling her: "This Jayme Closs, call 911."

Nutter told the Star Tribune Closs had approached her and told her she wanted help.

She was described as being skinny, and in a dirty condition "with matted hair," the newspaper said.

Police were called and Closs' identity was confirmed at 4:43 p.m., with a suspect taken into custody just 11 minutes later, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said.

Gordon Wisconsin Eau Claire Closs

An aerial view of the Eau Claire Acres development where Jayme Closs was found.

The remarkable turn of events follows a major investigation into the young teen's disappearance on Oct. 15, the day her parents were found shot dead at their home in Barron.

After almost three months of heartache and appeals for information, Jayme's relieved and joyful family are now sharing a different message, with "Welcome Home Jayme" adorning their social media accounts.

Jayme Closs: A timeline of events

Speaking to FOX 9 on Thursday evening, Closs' aunt and godmother Jennifer Naiberg Smith described it as the "best night," adding: "I can't wait to hug that little girl."

Her classmates at Barron High School meanwhile have been instructed to wear blue on Friday to honor the teenager and her discovery.

More information about the circumstances of her discovery are expected to be revealed at a Barron County Sheriff's Office press conference at 10 a.m.

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