Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Jayme Closs Parents: Cause of Death Released

Jayme Closs Parents: Cause of Death Released

The Barron County Sheriff's Department, Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation, and the FBI continue to follow up on more than 200 tips called in during the investigation.

The FBI says it's expanded its search nationwide for a 13-year-old Wisconsin girl missing since her parents were found shot to death in their home Monday morning.

In a news release posted to Facebook, Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said 100 volunteers are needed and should report to the intersection of State Highway 8 and 16th Street at 2:00 p.m. Thursday in the City of Barron. Investigators believe Jayme was home at the time of her parents' deaths, which have been ruled as homicides. During a second press conference, Fitzgerald noted the tip Miami Police received was not credible, and said any important information in the case would be made through him.

Barron Area School District Superintendent Diane Trembley wishes to extend her honest gratitude for the continued support from law enforcement, businesses, families and community.

Fitzgerald asked people to take time to look for the girl.

On Monday police were called to her home, where her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found murdered. A drone and infrared camera are used to search the area around the Closs home, but Jayme was not found.

Police issued an Amber Alert for the girl on Monday afternoon after discovering the bodies of her parents earlier that day.

He added: "Is it random or targeted?"

He reportedly does not believe Jayme ran away from home.

"That's part of the investigation", Fitzgerald said.

Barron Area School District administrator Diane Tremblay said Jayme, a member of her school's cross-country team, is a "sweet girl who is a loyal friend and loves to dance".

A possible sighting of Jayme at a gas station in Miami, Florida that emerged on October 15 was dismissed by Fitzgerald as "not credible".

"Our thoughts are with the Closs family and the entire Barron community", said a statement from Jennie-O Turkey Store officials.

Jayme was last seen at a family gathering Sunday afternoon, Fitzgerald said.

Fitzgerald said deputies arrived less than four minutes after a 911 call.

Anyone with information on Jayme's whereabouts is asked to contact the sheriff's office's tip line at 1-855-744-3879.

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