13-year-old girl missing after both her parents are found dead at Wisconsin home, police issue Amber Alert
13-year-old Jayme Closs, who has green eyes and blonde or strawberry hair, has been missing from her Barron County, Wisconsin home since Monday
Authorities in Barron County, Wisconsin, have issued an amber alert for a girl who went missing following the deaths of both of her parents. The search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been ongoing since 1 am on Monday morning when sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call for help at a 1268 Highway 8 home in Barron County.
According to a press release by the Barron County Sheriff's Department, deputies who arrived at the scene found the bodies of two deceased adults. They were later identified as husband and wife 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs.
13-year-old Jayme was listed as missing from the residence and considered endangered, and an amber alert was issued by authorities. "Hoping to give an update after 6 pm. Nothing new to report as yet and Jayme is still missing. An Amber Alert has been issued. Thank you for the continuous shares and prayers," wrote Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald in a Facebook update.
Fitzgerald said that there were gunshots at the Closs home, but did not specify whether Jayme's parents had been shot to death. He said that they did not currently have any suspects or leads, but ruled out the 13-year-old teen as a suspect in the incident.
According to WBALTV, the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are assisting in the search for Jayme. Commenting on the case, Fitzgerald insisted her safety was their number one priority at the moment. "At the end of the day, I want a 13-year-old here safe and sound. That's our goal. That's our only goal right now," he said.
Deputies have combed the area around the home with drones and infrared equipment for clues, and have also talked to Jayme's friends and middle school classmates in the hope for any leads.
Teresa Guzman, one of the teen's friends, shared a post on Facebook and wrote, "If anyone sees her please contact the Barron Area police department. We all miss and love her so much. We only hope to find her safe and sound. Please she's my bestfriend."
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) 16 October 2018
The Barron County Sheriff's Department provided a description of Jayme which had her at 5 feet tall and 100 pounds. She was also described as having green eyes and blonde or strawberry hair, with any information to her whereabouts to be directed to the department.
A witness has allegedly reported having seen Jayme to police in Miami, Florida. They said that a girl fitting the 13-year-old's description was sighted at a Miami gas station in the area of N.W. 27 Ave and 11 St in a black Ford Explorer with two well-dressed, bearded men. The license plate said to have been a WI plate of I60WER.
If true, then the teen will have traveled over 1,700 miles (2,735 kilometers), though the Barron Sheriff's Department has not commented on the sighting yet. However, the department has announced that it will be holding a media press conference outside at the Barron County Justice Center to give updates on the case.