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Wisconsin couple describes dramatic moments when Jayme Closs was found

Posted at 8:32 AM, Jan 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-11 13:41:48-05

BARRON, Wis. (AP) — A Wisconsin couple is describing the dramatic moments when a neighbor pounded on their door to say she had stumbled across Jayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl who had been missing nearly three months.

Kristin and Peter Kasinskas say their neighbor had a skinny, dirty girl with matted hair standing next to her. The neighbor shouted, "This is Jayme Closs! Call 911!"

Peter Kasinskas tells the Minneapolis Star Tribune that Jayme was quiet and showed little emotion. He says she told them she didn't know where she was or anything about Gordon, the small town near where she was found.

Jayme's parents were killed in October at the family's home near Barron and Jayme went missing. The place where she was found is a little more than an hour's drive to the north.

Authorities say they have a suspect in custody and planned to release more information Friday.

Jayme reportedly was found in a small forested area of cabin-like homes about 6 miles east of Gordon.

Denny Kline, board chairman in Gordon, says he first learned Jayme was found while listening to a police scanner, which he has for work. He says he heard Jayme was walking down the road and someone stopped near her.

Kline says he heard on the scanner that Jayme told them who she was, and they brought her to their home.

The Associated Press was not able to verify Kline's account with authorities late Thursday. The non-emergency line at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office rang unanswered, and Sheriff Thomas Dalbec didn't respond to an email.