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Amber Alert issued for 13-year-old Wisconsin girl after parents found dead

Posted at 1:49 PM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 15:05:47-04

A 13-year-old girl is missing and believed in danger after her parents were found slain in their northwestern Wisconsin home, authorities said.

An Amber Alert has been issued for Jayme Closs, whose parents were found dead in their home near Barron shortly after someone there called 911 early Monday, the Barron County Sheriff’s Department said.

Investigators are trying to find out not only where Jayme is, but what led to her parents’ deaths. They have searched the area around the home, including with drones and infrared, and have searched her school and interviewed her friends, officials said Tuesday.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, speaking at a press conference, described Jayme was a sweet and shy girl who enjoys dancing and sports. Fitzgerald said that Jayme attended a family gathering on Sunday afternoon and that he does not believe she ran away.

“At the end of the day, I want a 13-year-old here safe and sound — that’s our goal,” Fitzgerald told CNN affiliate WQOW on Monday.

During the 911 call, the dispatcher heard a disturbance in the background but no one spoke directly to the dispatcher, Fitzgerald said.

When deputies arrived, they found Jayme’s parents — James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46 — dead. Fitzgerald said he couldn’t immediately say how the couple died, but gunshots were involved, WQOW reported.

“We believe Jayme was in the house when this took place,” Fitzgerald told CNN affiliate WCCO.

Fitzgerald declined to provide further information about the crime scene, and said the focus now is on locating the teen.

“Our number one goal is to bring Jayme home, and no amount of information will be given out unless we feel it’s appropriate to help,” he said.

Jayme Closs is 5 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds and has green eyes and blond or strawberry hair, the sheriff’s department said. Barron, a city of 3,400, is about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis, Minnesota.