Police Looking for Child Whose Parents Were Killed in Own Home
BARRON, WISCONSIN — October 17, 2018
The proceedings began after an anonymous call brought the police to the Closs family home. Officers arrived at the scene to find two dead.
The dead were identified as James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46. Their 13-year-old daughter Jayme Cross was missing.
According to the police report, the 911 call shortly before 1 AM Monday was made from a mobile phone, but nobody spoke to the dispatcher.
"There was some kind of disturbance going on in the background, and that’s why officers went to the house," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told reporters during Tuesday morning's press conference.
Fitzgerald said there were gunshots at the Closs home but didn't specifically say Jayme's parents had been shot to death. He also added that the missing Jayme is not considered a suspect in her parents' deaths, and she is not thought to be a runaway.
Police also separately noted that according to eyewitnesses' stories, on the night of the alleged murder, there were shots and shouts from a child. One eyewitness said a car had arrived at the Closs house and left less than an hour later.
Fitzgerald said authorities believe Jayme is in danger, but he would not discuss the reason, saying it could compromise the investigation.
Asked when Jayme was last seen, the sheriff said she had attended a "family gathering" on Sunday afternoon. It was not at her parents' house, he said.
Fitzgerald also addressed a report, tweeted by the Miami Police Department, that a girl fitting Jayme’s description had been seen Monday afternoon at a Miami gas station in a black Ford Explorer with two men. The SUV had a possible Wisconsin license plate of 160WER, according to the Miami police.
Endangered Juvenile, Jayne Closs from Barron, WI, may have been seen in the afternoon of 10/15/18, in the area of N.W. 27 Ave and 11 St. If it was her, she was in a black Ford Explorer with a possible WI plate of I60WER. If you have any information please call 911 immediately. https://t.co/BX6ouqPDKi— Miami PD (@MiamiPD) October 16, 2018
"If it does not come from this podium, it is not credible information," Fitzgerald said. "I cannot stress that enough."
Miami is about 1,700 miles south of Barron.
In Barron, 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis, deputies searched the area around the family's home with drones and infrared equipment and talked to Jayme's friends and middle school classmates, hoping to develop some leads.
An Amber Alert was issued without a description of a suspect or vehicle. Jayme is described as 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes.