Published: Thu, October 18, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin girl's parents were shot to death

Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin girl's parents were shot to death

"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. Investigators have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found her parents dead in their home in Barron.

The blonde-haired, green-eyed teenager, who has been described as a "sweet", "quiet" and "loyal friend", wrote that she would "feed the hungry and give the rest to the poor", Diane Tremblay, superintendent of the Barron Area School District, said Tuesday during a news conference.

Investigators also believe Jayme was at home during the shooting based on details from the 911 call and evidence from the home.

There were no leads or suspects of interests in the case as of early Wednesday morning and community members said they've been praying for clues about the young girl's whereabouts.

He said his office has received more than 200 tips so far that they are following up on-but at this point, still no sign of Jayme.

The sheriff said it was possible that Jayme was still alive.

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FacebookJayme Closs, a 13-year-old girl from Barron, Wisconsin, is missing.

"We want to bring Jayme home".

Law enforcement agencies have worked around the clock to find her since Monday (Oct. 15) morning.

Her grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press on Tuesday that nothing seemed amiss at the gathering, which was to celebrate the birthday of a grandson who is cousins with Jayme.

Ever since police have been looking for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who they believe is "endangered".

Asked whether authorities thought the murders were random or part of a targeted attack, Fitzgerald said: "No, I wish I was closer to that question... I don't know that answer, that is why those leads are so important", said Fitzgerald.

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Since Jayme went missing, authorities have received 400 tips.

He told reporters that they didn't find a gun in the home and he can't confirm whether there was forced entry. An AMBER Alert for her was issued on Monday afternoon.

Joan Smrekar said she initially didn't think anything of the gunshots.

"Every second counts in this case", he said.

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

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.

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If you see Jayme Closs, call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879.

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