Sheriff says missing Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs has been found alive

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BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - Jayme Closs has been located.

An undated photo of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs of Barron, Wisconsin.

"This is Jayme Closs!"

The teenager disappeared on the day her parents were found murdered at their house in the town of Barron.

She was located Thursday in the Wisconsin town of Gordon - about 70 miles north of where she was last seen.

They had been fatally shot at the home outside Barron but their daughter was nowhere to be found.

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"Praise the Lord", she said. Officials did not release any other information about how Closs was found.

Detectives pursued thousands of tips, watched dozens of surveillance videos and conducted numerous searches in the effort to find her.

The child's disappearance made national news in the U.S., sparking massive searches, with 1,500 volunteers scouring woods and fields in suburban Minneapolis, and the offer of a $25,000 (£20,000) reward for her safe return.

No gun or suspects were found at the scene and there was no sign of Jayme.

The teen - whose disappearance made global headlines - was dirty, malnourished and wearing shoes that were too large when she appeared Thursday afternoon around 4 their home in Gordon, Kasinskas and his wife told area media.

The neighbor was walking her dog when Jayme approached and asked for help, according to Kasinskas, a local teacher. She said the family is focused on supporting Jayme. "I figured if they hadn't found her by now that the person who did this didn't want her dead, so I had hope".

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Jayme told the couple she didn't know where she was or anything about Gordon. The decorations spelled out Jayme's name in big, glittery letters, and they included green bulbs and ribbons.

Missing Wisconsin 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been found alive, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced Thursday.

Jayme and her mother attended a family birthday party together on Sunday afternoon while Mr Closs was at work, Jayme's grandfather told the Associated Press.

"I was devastated, but now, for this to be true, and Jayme, I can not wait to give her a hug".

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said: 'A lot of people have been praying daily, as I have.

Peter's wife, Kristin Kasinskas, told KARE 11 that she ushered the girl into her living room, where she noticed that she looked thinner "than her photograph" and exhausted.

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"I'm going to hug her. Squeeze her", Naiberg said, his voice cracking. "She just looked a little unkempt like she hadn't been able to take care of herself or something", Kasinskas said.