Volunteers join search for girl whose parents were killed

Frederick Owens
October 19, 2018

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.

On Thursday, 100 volunteers helped law enforcement comb through fields in Barron, Wisconsin, which is about 90 miles northeast of the Twin Cities.

Wisconsin authorities threw cold water Tuesday on speculation that Jayme Closs, the Wisconsin teenager who vanished from her home after her parents were found dead, may have been spotted in Florida with two men. The sheriff's office received a 911 call from a cellphone shortly before 1 a.m. Monday, and while no one spoke to the dispatcher, there was clearly some kind of disturbance occurring in the house.

Jayme and her mother attended a family birthday party together on Sunday afternoon while James Closs was at work, Jayme's grandfather told the Associated Press.

Meanwhile, the FBI has since joined the investigation as authorities urged the public to keep phoning in tips about Jayme's whereabouts.

Searchers are looking for any small clues that could lead to Jayme, who has now been missing for five days. Jayme Closs is 5 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds and has green eyes and blonde or strawberry hair.

Both James and Denise Closs were long-time employees of the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, Jennie-O's parent company Hormel said.

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Fitzgerald also said on Wednesday that no gun was found at the scene but confirmed that the couple was shot dead, which he had not previously, saying he was waiting for autopsy results.

Seara Closs said she wishes she were the one endangered, not her cousin Jayme.

Volunteers are searching the area of Highway 8 and 16th Street in Barron in relation to the disappearance of Jayme Closs and the death of her parents. We just want Jayme to get home. He says investigators have not received any tips of any credible sightings. Fitzgerald said the volunteers would help in a routine search for evidence.

"Often, someone in the community will have knowledge of a crime and may not realize it", he said.

Fitzgerald said they don't know if it was a random or targeted attack.

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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