Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin girl's parents were shot to death

Clay Curtis
October 18, 2018

Anyone who sees her or something suspicious is asked to call 911 or the Barron County Sheriff's Office at 715-537-3106. Investigators believe she was inside her home when her parents - 46-year-old Denise and 56-year-old James Closs - were killed.

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

In the news conference, the sheriff also revealed for the first time that evidence shows Jayme was at the home at the time of the slayings, but he did not reveal that evidence beyond mentioning the 911 call.

Barron County's Sheriff says there is no credible information from a possible sighting of a missing and endangered Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs in Florida. But he said she is in danger.

Fitzgerald said authorities believe Jayme was in the home at the time of the fatal shootings.

Community members in western Wisconsin gathered for a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, bringing together family members, friends and neighbors who are all praying for a missing girl's safe return. Officials found her parents' bodies just before 1 a.m.

Jayme's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that nothing seemed amiss at a Sunday gathering, which was to celebrate the birthday of a grandson who is cousins with Jayme.

As the search for the teen entered its third day Wednesday, local residents were still trying to come to terms with the stunning news of the killings and the girl's disappearance. "Walk your land. Report anything you feel is important to us", said Sheriff Fitzgerald. A tipster called the Miami Police Department saying they believed they said Jayme at a gas station in a black Ford Explorer with a Wisconsin license plate.

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"Was this a random attack or a targeted attack?"

"We could hear yelling in the background on this 911 call", Fitzgerald, the sheriff, said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show.

"She was quiet as always".

"It was just, "bang" and 'bang, '" Smrekar said.

"Every second counts in this case", he said.

The missing teenager has been described as being approximately 5ft (1.5m) tall and 100lb (45kg) with green eyes and strawberry blonde hair. "I think people are just holding their families closer because of this".

The FBI, state investigators and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are assisting Barron County in the search for the girl that Fitzgerald described as a "sweet and shy 13-year-old who enjoys dancing and sports".

The alert stated that she was taken from her home early on Monday morning from "unknown individual (s), likely with a gun".

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