Jayme Closs' school superintendent thanks her for 'being so courageous'

County Wis. Sheriff's Department shows Jayme Closs who was discovered missing Oct. 15 2018 after her parents were found fatally shot at their home in Barron Wis. The Barron County Sheriff'

Jake Patterson, 21, charged with kidnapping a 13-year-old girl and two counts of first-degree murder for murdering her parents, appears in a booking photo provided by the Barron County Sheriff's Department in Barron, Wisconsin, U.S., January 11, 2019.

"Jayme Closs was located alive", the sheriff's office in Douglas County, Wisconsin, said in a statement late on Thursday.

CBS affiliate WCCO spoke with Jayme's aunt Sue, who says Jayme is now in the hospital; once she's released, she'll be brought back to Barron to be reunited with her family.

During the 20 minutes Jayme was in their home, Peter and Kristin Kasinskas said they tried to make her feel more comfortable. Authorities do not know why Patterson allegedly targeted the Closs family and do not believe he had a prior connection with Jayme Closs or her parents, reported CNN.

As Douglas County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald explained it, a woman named Jeanne Nutter was walking her dog in a town about an hour away from Barron on Thursday afternoon, when she was approached by a girl claiming to be Jayme. "[Patterson] planned his actions and took many proactive steps to hide his identity from law enforcement and the general public". And officials say she immediately helped law enforcement arrest her alleged captor.

Jayme's family said what's most important is that she'll be home soon.

Fitzgerald said Closs was taken to a hospital but has since been medically cleared and released.

Barron County District Attorney Brian Wright told reporters that a criminal complaint would be filed next week, and it was his job to "obtain justice for James, Denise and Jayme Closs".

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"He seemed like a quiet kid", she said.

Sue Allard said she "just had this feeling" about today and said she "can't wait to give her a hug". She was found Thursday in the Wisconsin town of Gordon - about 70 miles north of where she was last seen.

We are planning a press briefing approximately 10 a.m. tomorrow at the Sheriff's Department in Barron.

Elizabeth Smart says it is a "miracle" that a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing for almost three months has been found safe. I had asked her if she knew where Gordon, Wisconsin, was.

"She was skinnier than in her photograph, but I think healthy overall", Kasinskas said, adding that Closs identified her kidnapper.

"I've always been a glass half-full kind of guy", Fitzgerald said at the time. The girl said she'd been abducted and had escaped from a house where she had been left alone, Peter Kasinskas told the NPR member station. Several intensive searches took place in the area, but none yielded any clues, and for weeks Fitzgerald has been saying that authorities have no new leads. Investigators said they believed Jayme was at home during the shooting. "They offered her food and water but she declined". I can't wait to get my arms around her.

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

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