Walworth Co. investigation prompts false rumor

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WALWORTH COUNTY, Wis. (WITI/WMTV)-- A social media post claiming Jayme Closs was found alive in Walworth County is false.

The Barron County Sheriff's Department reported it was false news and the search in Walworth County Thursday afternoon was not related to Jayme Closs.

A post made on the Facebook page "Back the Blue Wisconsin" claimed Jayme Closs was alive and found in Walworth County. The post was made shortly before 4:00 p.m. Thursday. It also promised further details.

The page later posted its account was hacked and apologized for the post. As of 5:00 p.m, the page was no longer accessible on Facebook.

Authorities shut down a portion of Highway J in East Troy for a criminal investigation. Franklin police confirmed an investigation led them to a property near Woodfield Court and Highway J.

Franklin police, in a statement issued around 3:00 p.m., would only say the “ongoing criminal investigation is active and ongoing.” They noted that multiple other agencies were assisting, including the Walworth County Sheriff’s Office, Wisconsin Department of Justice, the Town of East Troy Police Department and Milwaukee Police Department.

Police said “there is no danger to the public at this time.”

Neighbors said no one lives in the home.

“I happened to see all the police cars and the emergency squad up there, so I came up here to see what was going on,” said Bob Krabbenhoft, neighbor. “I have never seen this many police or emergency people all in one spot. I have no idea what is going on here. As far as I know, that house has been empty for at least the last three or four years.”