Search continues for missing northwestern Wisconsin girl Jayme Closs

Search for Jayme Closs
Barron County (Wis.) Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald speaks on Wednesday during a news conference about 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home early Monday near Barron, Wis.
Jerry Holt | Star Tribune via AP

Investigators in northwestern Wisconsin said Saturday that they continue to sift through hundreds of tips in the disappearance of a 13-year-old girl.

Jayme Closs has been missing since Monday, when her parents, Denise and James Closs, were found shot to death in their Barron County home.

Jayme Closs
This undated photo provided by the FBI shows Jayme Closs. Authorities say that Closs went missing after her parents were found dead at their home near Barron, Wis., on Monday, Oct. 15, 2018.
Photo courtesy FBI

The Barron County Sheriff's Office said in a news release Saturday that it has received more than 1,000 tips in the case and "have thoroughly investigated over 800 of them.

"We are using every resource available, and have conducted hundreds of interviews, multiple searches, and are using the technical and forensic expertise of our state and federal resources to locate the person or persons who committed this offense and to locate Jayme," Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said.

The FBI has issued a nationwide alert seeking information on Closs' whereabouts.

Authorities are gathering tips at (855) 744-3879, or by email at

Search for Jayme Closs
A group of volunteers searches ditches along U.S. Highway 8 on Thursday in Barron, Wis., near the home where 13-year-old Jayme Closs lived with her parents, James and Denise.
Jerry Holt | Star Tribune via AP

Deputies discovered Denise and James Closs shot to death in their home in rural Barron early Monday. The girl was nowhere to be found. Investigators have said she's in danger and that she isn't a suspect.

The sheriff's office released dispatch logs Friday that indicate responding deputies found that multiple gunshots were fired in the home, and the door was kicked in.

The logs also indicate the initial 911 call that summoned deputies to the home early Monday came from a cellphone belonging to Denise Closs.

In his statement Saturday, Fitzgerald also said he wanted to "send our heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Barron County for the outpouring of support and gratitude for those investigators working so hard to bring Jayme home."

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