Community holds vigil for girl missing from home after parents found dead

Community holds vigil for girl missing from home after parents found dead

Police have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since early Monday, when deputies responding to a 911 call from her home in Barron found her parents, James and Denise Closs, dead in the house.

Closs' parents were fatally shot and their deaths have been ruled homicides, Fitzgerald said Wednesday. The sheriff said in the four minutes it took officers to arrive at the Closs home, Jayme had vanished.

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. He said Jayme's father was at work at the time.

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

"Our thoughts are with the Closs family and the entire Barron community".

"We want to bring Jayme home and her smile back in family's hands", he said.

Jayme Closs, 13, has been missing since Monday, when her parents were found dead inside their Wisconsin home. Jayme was at a family gathering Sunday afternoon. Their daughter, Jayme Closs, is still missing.

"I'll be honest. I'm struggling with this because I don't have some of those answers that I want to give you", Fitzgerald told reporters. "Some of it from that 911 call and some of it is still part of the active investigation and we're not able to comment on why we believe that", said Fitzgerald.

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

Naiberg, Denise Closs' father, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that Jayme "was quiet as always" at his grandson's birthday party. As of 3 PM today, we have received over 400 tips from our community and across the nation. He implored the public to share any suspicions, including any behavioral changes in people they know, no matter how small.

While 82 percent of the Amber Alerts issued past year identified a vehicle and 50 percent had specific license plate numbers, according to U.S. Department of Justice statistics, Closs' case offers neither of those clues.

Authorities have described Jayme as a 5-foot-tall, 100-pound 13-year-old girl with strawberry-blonde hair and green eyes.

Investigators don't have any leads or suspects, but they have enlisted the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which has agents who specialize in missing children cases, the sheriff said.

Anyone with information is being asked to call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879.

"If it does not come from this podium, it is not a credible tip", Sheriff Fitzgerald said about information coming from agencies outside of the state.

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