Sheriff: 200 tips, 30K hits from Amber Alert in Jayme Closs missing teen case

Published: Oct. 16, 2018 at 5:50 AM CDT
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Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said, "Jayme is out there, we want to find her."

The Barron County Sheriff's Office held another press conference on Oct. 16 to talk about the search efforts and the investigation. One was also held Tuesday morning.

So far, there are more than 200 tips in the case to try to locate Closs.

"There have been tips and information being released that does not come from this podium," Fitzgerald said. "That is not credible information. I can not stress that enough."

The FBI is is also involved in the search, along with multiple law enforcement agencies nationwide. Closs was reported missing after her parents were found dead in Barron, Wis. early in the morning Oct. 15.

"The FBI is here to support the investigation and the community in the safe return of Jayme," Justin Tolomeo, FBI special agent said. " We are providing a number of resources including investigative, technical, tactical, and intelligence as well as agents from our child abduction rapid deployment team."

The autopsy is expected to be completed by Oct. 17 for 56-year-old James Closs and his wife, 46-year-old Denise Closs. James and Denise are Jayme's parents.

Diane Trembay, the Barron Area School District Superintendent, said the goal of the school district is to see Jayme return safe. Trembay also explained a bit about how she was remembered in the school district.

"A teacher just recently shared this to me about Jayme," Trembay said. "Jayme wrote on one of her assignments in response to the question, 'what would you do if you were given a million dollars?' She said, 'feed the hungry, and give the rest to the poor.'"

During a media briefing on Tuesday morning, Fitzgerald said that he can't reveal why authorities believe Closs is in danger because it could compromise the investigation. Fitzgerald repeated his plea for the public's help in finding her.

Jayme was last seen Oct. 14 in the afternoon at a family gathering.

Fitzgerald said the tip about a sighting in Florida was not credible. Miami police earlier on Tuesday reported a witness who said they saw a girl fitting Jayme's description with two well-dressed, bearded men at a gas station. Miami is about 1,700 miles south of Barron.

On Oct. 16, the Barron County Sheriff's Office released updated photos of Jayme Closs on their Facebook page.

Here are some updated photos of Jayme Closs. Please contact our tip line at 1-855-744-3879 with any information.

Posted by Barron County Sheriff's Department on Tuesday, October 16, 2018

On Oct. 15, around 1 a.m. deputies went to the home in Barron, Wis., after dispatchers received a 911 call from an unknown person, Fitzgerald said.

Authorities found the bodies of Jayme Closs' parents, who were later identified by the sheriff's department as 56-year-old James Closs and his 46-year-old wife, Denise Closs. Fitzgerald also said there had been gunshots, but he stopped short of saying that's how the couple died.

"At the end of the day, I want a 13-year-old here safe and sound. That's our goal. That's our only goal right now," Fitzgerald said at a news briefing.

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 FBI, which has agents who specialize in missing children cases, the sheriff said. He said Jayme is not considered a suspect in her parents' deaths.

If you have any more information, please call 911.


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