Search expands for US girl missing after parents found shot dead

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Authorities on Wednesday (Oct. 17) ruled the deaths of the parents of a missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl as homicide, as the search for Jayme Closs, the missing girl, entered its third day.

Tips continued to stream in, but authorities had not yet been able to identify any suspects, Sheriff Fitzgerald said at a press conference.

Evidence from both the house and from the 911 call indicate Jayme was in the house when her parents - 46-year-old Denise and 56-year-old James Closs - were killed.

Fitzgerald has said Jayme is not a suspect and he again pleaded with the public for any tips on her whereabouts.

Fitzgerald says his office hasn't received any tips that justify continuing the ground search.

The sheriff said serious unrelated criminal activity was uncovered in the Barron area and law enforcement action was deemed necessary.


James and Denise Closs were found dead in their Barron County home Monday morning.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme.

An FBI insider has said that murders of two parents of a Wisconsin teen was a targeted attack and not a random killing.

Police don't know what happened or the motive for the killings, and a murder weapon has not been recovered, according to U.S. media reports.

The search started Monday with a suspicious 911 call in which dispatchers heard screaming in the background but no one spoke into the phone.

Federal Bureau of Investigation billboards are aiding in what's now a nationwide search to bring Jayme home and find anyone responsible for killing her parents.


Just 11 minutes later, deputies found a second person down, no gun at the scene and the landline had been disconnected. "You know you got to be sure your doors are locked all the time now, I guess".

Fitzgerald said additional agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation, are involved. That's why those leads are so important'.

"Grandpa Jim (James) Closs, your Momma Bear, Denise Closs and your very own night [in] shinning armor, your Daddyo Jim JR Closs ... love all of you!"

"Unbelievable, its just something that doesn't seem to happen in our area", said Harold Lehman.

Jayme was last seen at a family gathering on Sunday afternoon.

Jayme is described as standing 5-feet tall, weighing 100 pounds, with green eyes and blonde hair.


He emphasized that people should use the tip line at 1-855-744-3879 if they have any information regarding the case.

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