BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — The 13-year-old girl who went missing after her parents were found dead in Barron County, WI has been possibly spotted in Miami.
According to the Miami Police Department, the endangered juvenile, Jayme Closs, may have been spotted Monday afternoon in the area of N. W. 27 Avenue and 11 Street.
Authorities said if this was her, she was in a black Ford Explorer with a possible WI plate of I60WER.
If you have any more information, please call 911.
BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — An AMBER Alert is issued for a missing teenage girl after her parents were found dead inside their Barron home.
Officials in Barron County say autopsies have been scheduled for James Close, 56, and Denise Close, 46. The two were found dead inside their home early Monday morning. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says while the death investigation continues, the main focus at this time is locating 13 year-old Jayme Closs, the couple’s teenage daughter.
Sheriff Fitzgerald says a 911 call came in around 1A.M. The call came from a cell phone inside the residence but it’s not known who made the call. “We could hear yelling in the background on this 911 call, not much information,” said Fitzgerald.
He says the call lasted less than a minute and the only word that can be understood is “help”.
“Deputies arrived at that address a short time after the call ended to find no one around on the outside,” Sheriff Fitzgerald says as deputies approached the house, they saw the front door was open and there was a deceased male in that front door way. Officers later found a deceased female while searching the rest of the home.
Both James and Denise Closs were employees at Jennie-O in Barron. The couple lived at the home with their daughter Jayme, who is now missing and considered endangered. Officials say she is not a suspect in the death investigation at this time. “We don’t know what happened. This was a gunshot crime scene,” said Fitzgerald.
A neighbor says she and her husband heard gunshots around 12:30am. “Very loud shots, big gun and didn’t think anything of it,” said Joan Smrekar. She says she didn’t think to call police, assuming the shots were someone shooting at an animal. “There’s deer, there’s bear, you name it out here so no it didn’t really bother us to hear shots. It’s just something that we hear and with hunting season coming…,” she said.
Investigators are working on analyzing the 911 call to hopefully learn more but finding Jayme remains the priority. “We’re working with the Barron School District on this case,” said Fitzgerald.
The Department of Criminal Investigation and FBI are assisting with the case. Neighbors say the incident is alarming. Sheriff Fitzgerald says a cause of death could be released as soon as Tuesday after autopsies are complete.
The AMBER Alert for Jayme Closs is still active. She’s five feet tall, 100 pounds, has green eyes, and blond or strawberry colored hair.
Officials are asking anyone with information to call the 24-hour tip line at 855-744-3879.
BARRON, Wis. (WEAU)–Two people are found dead in their Barron County home and their 13-year-old daughter is believed to be missing and endangered.
The sheriff’s department says it received a 911 call overnight with one word standing out, “help.”
Neighbor Joan Smrekar said she woke to shots close to 1 a.m. on Monday.
Smrekar recalled, “When I heard the first shot it was, “boom!” Then second, “boom!” even bigger, louder.”
Smrekar said in her experience the family mostly kept to themselves but it is still hard to believe such a tragedy could happen so close.
“It’s a mother and a father and it’s this close to you,” added Smrekar. “It gives you goosebumps and it just makes you sad that this happens.”
Deputies say when they received the call no one on the phone interacted with dispatchers and while yelling was heard Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said it was hard to decipher.
“We could get “help” out of it, we could hearing yelling out of it but not much information,” Fitzgerald explained.
The department says it is now working to get the audio enhanced.
When deputies arrived at the home on Hwy 8 west of Barron they discovered two bodies later identified as James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.
The department says they’re the parents of 13-year-old Jayme Closs.
“We’re considering her missing and endangered,” said Fitzgerald. “We don’t know what happened. This was a gunshot crime scene and we do not know where Jayme is.”
The department says at this point there are no signs of drug or alcohol use and say this case is particularly interesting as there were no weapons found on scene.
Fitzgerald explained, “This is a strange one but we do believe Jamie needs to be located and we do feel she’s in danger to some degree and that’s our focus now, that’s where our efforts and being produced.
The FBI and Department of Criminal Investigation are assisting with the investigation. They’re talking with friends, family and classmates as well as scouring Facebook and Snapchat for any sign of Jayme or any indication as to what happened.
“She’s not a suspect at this time,” added Fitzgerald. “She’s missing and endangered. She’s a 13-year-old girl that we believe may have been at the scene when this took place.”
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department says as of now it has no leads.
If you have any information on where Jayme is you’re asked to call the sheriff’s department at 715-537-3106 immediately.
BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — Deputies say the two people found dead in a Barron County home were the parents of the missing 13-year-old girl.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department says it received a 911 call around 1 a.m. Monday from a person asking for help at the address of 1268 Highway 8, in the Town of Barron. When deputies arrived at the house, they found the two parents dead inside. Deputies initially said they didn’t find any weapons in the home.
Their 13-year-old daughter is missing from the home and is considered missing and endangered. The girl is 13-year-old Jayme Closs. Deputies say she is 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says they have never responded to this home in the past. Deputies say the girl is not considered a suspect, at this time.
Anyone with information about the missing girl’s possible whereabouts or anyone that has had contact with Jayme is asked to contact the Barron county sheriff’s department at 715-537-3106 immediately.
BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) — Two people have been found dead in Barron County, and a teenager is missing in the case.
The Barron County Sheriff’s Department says it received a 911 call around 1 a.m. Monday morning from a person asking for help at the address of 1268 Highway 8. When deputies arrived at the house, they found two adults dead inside. A 13-year-old girl is missing from the home and is considered missing and endangered.
The girl is 13-year-old Jayme Closs. Deputies say she is 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair.
Anyone with information about her possible whereabouts or anyone that has had contact with Jayme is asked to contact the Barron county sheriff’s department at 715-537-3106 immediately.