Sheriff: Missing Barron Co. teen's parents shot to death

Minnie Murray
October 19, 2018

On Thursday, the Barron County Sheriff's Department called on 100 volunteers to search an intersection in Barron for evidence.

- Jayme Closs, the 13-year-old girl whose parents were found slain in their Barron, Wisconsin home Monday morning, is now listed as one of the FBI's top kidnapping and missing persons cases.

Fitzgerald addressed a news conference Wednesday afternoon in Barron, where he said autopsies on both victims have been completed.

Investigators also believe Jayme was at home during the shooting based on details from the 911 call and evidence from the home.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a press conference on October 17 that evidence from the house and a 911 call indicated that the teenager was at home when her parents were killed at their home in Barron, about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis, early in the morning on October 15.

Fitzgerald said investigators still have a "100 percent expectation that she's alive", but that even though they've received more than 400 tips, none have been of a credible sighting.

Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane Trembley wishes to extend her honest gratitude for the continued support from law enforcement, businesses, families and community. Meanwhile, authorities say they've gotten more than 200 tips following an Amber Alert that was issued Monday afternoon.

"An entire state has been racked with Jayme's disappearance, and the death of her parents", said Attorney General Brad Schimel.


But when police arrived four minutes later, no gun or suspects were found at the scene and there was no sign of Jayme. The deaths of James and Denise Closs, who had suffered gunshot wounds, were ruled homicides on Wednesday, Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said additional agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are involved.

'Is it a random attack or a targeted attack?

Fitzgerald said on the "Today" show that Jayme is not a suspect in the case.

Fitzgerald said he doesn't believe the young girl, who was last seen at a family gathering for her cousin's birthday on October 13, ran away from home, though he didn't specify why.

Searchers are looking for any small clues that could lead to Jayme, who has now been missing for five days. "Does he want to find this girl, or does he just want to make a public display of his dislike for the press?"

"Often, someone in the community will have knowledge of a crime and may not realize it", he said. We ask the public's help in continuing to provide tips at 1-855-744-3879.

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