It was a 13-year-old Jayme who helped herself to freedom Thursday afternoon.
"FBI Special Agent Justin Ptolemy told reporters Friday night at a news conference in Jayme's Wisconsin hometown of Barron.
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Her accused abductor – Jake Thomas Patterson, 21, of Gordon – was arrested shortly afterward, when a law enforcement officer called 911 to report Jayme's emergence, authorities said.
Investigators now believe Patterson killed Jayme's parents – James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46 – at their home in October and abducted Jayme, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.
Patterson and the Closs family knew each other – remains under investigation, authorities said.
Fitzgerald said, Mr. Patterson was being held in Barron County on a preliminary charge of first-degree intentional homicide and kidnapping.
"For 88 days I have stood before you (promised) we'd work tirelessly to bring (Jayme) home," Fitzgerald said. "Last night our collective promise was fulfilled."
Jayme says abductor killed her parents
Kristin Kasinskas, a woman who helped report Jayme's emergence to police, spoke to CNN on Friday about what happened.
They rushed to Kasinskas' home, where Kasinskas says 911 was called.
Kasinskas said Jayme said to be home – by someone who killed her parents on the night she disappeared.
"She said to us that," "Kasinskas told CNN's Poppy Harlow.
"She said she was near when, or when she had to leave the household She did not go into detail about how she got out of the house or anything like that."
Friday, godmother says
The sheriff's department in Douglas County, where the town of Gordon is located, announced Thursday night
SHE ALLARD, SHE WASTEED OF A TOWERcoaster Day Thursday – The family has been hearing the rumors, which authorities knocked down, that has been found in a different part of the state.
Jayme's relatives are breathing sighs of relief.
"I can not thank everyone enough for Jayme," Smith, the godmother, told WCCO.
"Jayme: Aunt Jen can not wait to give you that big hug and hold you tight," Smith said, "because we're not going to let you go."
Jayme declared dead after parents found dead
Barons on October 15.
But I was not one of the police. Investigators said they believed Jayme was at home during the shooting.
"Finally, we want to especially thank the family for their support and patience while this house was ongoing. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a statement.
Thousands of people joined search parties for months as investigators received thousands of tips. The FBI offered a cash reward for information on Jayme's whereabouts, and hunters in the area were urgent to be on the lookout for clues.
In the days after Jayme's disappearance, law enforcement officials assured the public they believed she was alive and in danger.
CNN's Sheena Jones, Faith Karimi, Dakin Andone and Melanie Whitley contributed to this report.