This tiny community in West Wisconsin is staggering like a nationwide search for a 13-year-old girl who resumed on Tuesday, the day after the police found her parents dead and the girl was missing.
BARRON, Wisconsin – A Missing Wisconsin Teenager was still at home when her parents were in shot dead this week, the Barron County Sheriff said Wednesday.
Officials found that James and Denise Closs died of gunshot wounds on early Monday and ruled their deaths as homicides, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at an afternoon press conference. Further details of the autopsies were not available, and the murder weapon was not found.
Authorities released a national amber warning on Monday afternoon for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, and the search for her continued on Wednesday. Officials believe she is in danger, but Fitzgerald said they expect to find her alive.
The sheriff's department arrived at Closs's house about a mile west of Barron early Monday after dispatchers received an emergency call from an unknown person. Officers found the bodies of James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, but her daughter was nowhere to be found.
Officials said the emergency call came out of the house and identified the mobile phone from which it came, but refused to tell who owns it. The caller did not speak with Dispatcher. More: What we know about the disappearance of Jayme Closs Coss was at home when her parents were killed.
The Miami Police Department tweeted Monday that Jayme could have been seen in a black Ford Explorer with Wisconsin plates featuring two well-dressed, bearded men. But Fitzgerald said on Wednesday that they had received no indication of credible sighting, and on Tuesday he doubted the Miami report.
The murders and subsequent disappearance of Jayme have shaken the quiet city of fewer than 3,500 people. Barron is located about 45 miles northwest of Eau Claire and 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis.
With straw-colored hair and green eyes, Jayme was described as a sweet, quiet girl who loves cross country and loves to dance. Her parents were longtime employees of the Jennie-O turkey shop in Barron.
On Wednesday evening, the sheriff organized a town hall exclusively for Barron residents to hold a dialogue on how the church gets on. Victim assistance staff should be available to address wellness concerns.
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