Jayme Closs: FBI expands search nationwide for missing Wisconsin girl

Saul Bowman
October 22, 2018

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the ground search won't resume Friday. A gun was involved in the killings, but the sheriff will not say how Jayme's parents died or if a gun has been found. Autopsies are expected to be conducted Wednesday.

'The mother appeared to have barricaded herself in the bathroom and called police, ' added the source detailing that she was unable to call 911 before being killed.

Volunteers searched a 20 mile radiance around Jayme's home on Thursday, but did not recover any evidence.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department also called for 100 volunteers to help search for clues that could possibly lead to Jayme's whereabouts as they announced the hundreds of tips received since Monday.

Evidence suggests Jayme was home at the time of their murders - but she is not considered a suspect.

Deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, dead in their home in Barron, a rural community about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis.


During a 911 call shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, the dispatcher heard a disturbance in the background. They were identified as James and Denise Closs.

"I knew right away that I would need the expertise and manpower to investigate this crime and to search for Jayme and to bring her home".

According to the log, Jayme Closs was listed as a missing child at 3:57 a.m. "I don't know that answer - that is why those leads are so important", Fitzgerald said during a press conference earlier this week. Police arrived at the house in about four minutes to find Denise and James dead.

A coordinated search will take place this afternoon in Barron "for articles of evidentiary value that may be related to the incident", of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Jayme Closs is 5 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds and has green eyes and blond or strawberry blond hair, the sheriff's department said. Police also discovered that Closs was missing at that time. Anyone with information is asked to the tip line at 855-744-3879.

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