Sheriff: Closs' parents were fatally shot, Jayme was home during shooting

Elias Hubbard
October 18, 2018

At this point, they don't know if it was a targeted attack or if it was a random incident.

Her parents, James and Denise Closs, were both longtime employees at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, where a turkey hatchery and processing plant are located, according to the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. "I've never seen anything like this in rural Wisconsin".

"We believe Jayme was in the home at the time of the homicides and we believe she's in danger", Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, who is leading the search, told a news conference.

"If we think it's key to the case where we need the public's help, we will disseminate that information", he said. Their daughter, Jayme, was missing.

Jayme is described as being 5 feet tall and 100 pounds, with strawberry blond hair and green eyes.

The couple, aged 56 and 46, were found shot dead in their family home at about 01:00 local (06:00 GMT) on Monday.

An increasingly desperate search is under way in the U.S. after a Wisconsin teenager went missing and her parents were found murdered.

He didn't say how the couple died, but the Federal Bureau of Investigation office in Milwaukee said the teen was likely abducted from her home early Monday morning by an unknown person with a gun. He added that "no one interacted with our dispatchers, so it was just kind of an open line, where we could hear different things in the background".

Authorities said they determined this by analyzing evidence at the scene and the 911 call that was placed early Monday morning, when James and Denise Closs were found dead and Jayme was reported missing.

A possible sighting of Jayme at a gas station in south Florida emerged early Tuesday - but Fitzgerald later called the tip "not credible" and urged the public to come forward with any new information, including regarding suspicious activity, that would lead to finding Jayme. "That's why I won't give out any information", Fitzgerald says. He said they responded to the home within four minutes - but within that time, Jayme was gone. "That's why this operation is running 24/7", he said. "We pray for her safe return".

Jayme said she would "feed the hungry and give the rest to the poor", the representative said, calling it a ideal representation of the teen's kind spirit.

"A teacher just recently shared this with me about Jayme. Walk your land. Report anything you feel is important to us", said Sheriff Fitzgerald.

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