Jayme Closs, Missing Wisconsin Girl, is usually Found; Man is usually Accused in Kidnapping

[Read more about how Jayme’s disappearance shook her hometown.]

Her disappearance also drew national attention, as well as her name topped the F.B.I.’s missing persons list as the reward for her recovery grew to $50,000.

A couple who lives inside the area, Kristin as well as Peter Kasinskas, told The Minneapolis Star Tribune of which Jayme appeared on their doorstep about 4 p.m. Thursday, after she had been found by one of their neighbors who was out walking her dog. The neighbor pounded on the family’s door, the couple said. A skinny girl with matted hair stood by her side, wearing shoes too big for her feet.

“This kind of is usually Jayme Closs!” the neighbor said. “Call 911!”

As they waited for the authorities to arrive, the Kasinskases offered Jayme food as well as water as well as introduced her to their puppy. They said Jayme told them she did not know where she was, the newspaper reported.

“This kind of was like I was seeing a ghost,” Peter Kasinskas told The Star Tribune. “This kind of was scary as well as awesome at the same time. My jaw just went to the floor.”

Seara Closs, Jayme’s cousin, wrote on Facebook: “She is usually alive as well as on her way home, by the bottom of my heart thank you all for the help!!!”

An aunt, Lynn Closs, also posted as the news was spreading. Her message was simple: “We have her.”

In a statement on Instagram, Elizabeth Smart, who was abducted by her home as a teenager in 2002 as well as held for nine months, called Jayme’s rescue a miracle, as well as said she was praying for a “joyous reunion” for Jayme as well as her extended family.

“No matter what may unfold in her story let’s all try to remember of which This kind of young woman has SURVIVED,” she said. “Whatever different details may surface, the most important will still remain of which she is usually alive.”