Neighbor says she didn't see teen near cabin

According to the sheriff's office, they were notified by the Douglas County WI Sheriff's Department that they had located Jayme Closs alive.

The woman who found the teen - who asked that her name not be used - walked her to the nearby home in Gordon.

Since Jayme disappeared, authorities have said they believe she's in danger.

Patterson, who is now not employed, had been concealing Jayme from his friends and family, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.

"The subject planned his action and went to great lengths to hide his identity from law enforcement", Fitzgerald said.

Ronning says she didn't know Patterson was living in the house and hadn't seen Jayme around.

Jayme's story was helped by The Voice contestant Chris Kroeze, who dedicated his performances to her on his run to the finale of the singing competition.

Patterson has no criminal history in Wisconsin.

"Jayme was taken against her will and escaped from the residence at which she was being held in. Call 911!" the neighbour told the teacher, according to the Star Tribune.

Fitzgerald called it "remarkable" that she was recognized by members of the public, which was the hope of authorities.

The phone at the Douglas County Sheriff's Office rang unanswered on Thursday night and Sheriff Thomas Dalbec did not immediately respond to an email.

Barron Mayor Ron Fladten said Thursday night he was overjoyed at learning she is alive.

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

Local media reported that Kristin Kasinskas, from Gordon, Wisconsin, heard a knock on her door on Thursday afternoon.

'Praise the Lord. It's the news we've been waiting on for three months. "She just yelled, 'Please help me, I don't know where I am".

The girl's disappearance in October made national news and stunned her hometown of Barron, Wisconsin, population 3,400, about 144km east of Minneapolis and sparked massive searches with 1,500 volunteers scouring woods and fields in suburban Minneapolis. Following a nationwide search, the girl managed to flee from a remote cabin where she was being held.

Closs was reported missing on October 15 after her parents, James and Denise Closs, aged 56 and 46, were found shot to death in their home in rural Barron, Wisconsin, about an hour's drive south of where she was located.

"I was at the right place at the right time", the woman said.

Elizabeth Smart, rescued nine months after being abducted while a teen from her Salt Lake City home in 2002, called the result "a miracle".

"For 88 days I have said we would work tirelessly to bring Jayme Closs home". "A lot of people have been praying daily, as I have".

Jayme stayed at the teacher's home for about 20 minutes and declined food and water, Associated Press reports. "I just can't wait".

  • Jon Douglas