Closs vanished Oct. 15 after her parents — James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, — were gunned down inside their home in Barron County, located about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis. Officials determined Closs was inside the home when her parents were murdered, but then the trail went cold.
Closs was eventually placed on the top of the FBI’s kidnapping and missing persons list and, while details were scarce, authorities continued to suggest Closs was alive.
On Thursday, the 13-year-old Closs reportedly flagged down a person walking a dog in Gordon and asked for help. A suspect in connection with her disappearance was arrested minutes later.
The suspect in the teen’s disappearance was identified as 21-year-old Jake Thomas Patterson, of Gordon. He was charged with two counts of first-degree homicide in the murder of Closs’ parents and one count of kidnapping. He was identified at a press conference Friday.
The sheriff showed a photo of Patterson at the press conference.
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