Sadly, it's been about a week since Jayme Closs went missing from her Wisconsin home in Barron County.
On Monday, October 15, police started investigating a double homicide of James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46 after they received a call from inside their home. When police arrived, they discovered that the front door had been kicked in, and had found the bodies of James and Denis, but their 13-year-old daughter was nowhere to be found. The phone that made the call was listed as Denise's, but investigators do not know who actually made the 9-1-1 call.
Two days later, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald revealed the autopsy report of both James and Denise. As suspected, Jayme's parents died from gunshot wounds. Fitzgerald believes that Jayme was inside the home at the time of her parents' deaths, but he also believes that she is still alive.
“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. “We are processing the scene and working on that, but as of right now, all of our efforts are focused on a 13-year-old girl.”
As the Barron County Police Department keeps investigating, they have updated the public through their social media accounts. On Friday, October 19, they have asked the public who may be close with the Closs family to come forward with information about the victims, and report any suspicious behavior leading up to the killings, or after.
"People may act differently shortly after committing a violent act," the police department wrote on Facebook. "You may have observed such behaviors and not realized it at the time."
The Sheriff's Department continued saying that this person may have changed their routines. Here are some things to think about below:
"Changes in Routine:
o "They will miss work. The absence will be sudden and unplanned. They may either be a “no show” or they may offer a reasonable excuse such as illness, death in the family, car trouble, etc.
o They may miss scheduled appointments. These appointments or commitments may include medical appointments, a regular responsibility to a friend or family member, like caring for an elderly relative.
o They may suddenly leave town, either with no explanation or with some reasonable explanation.
Changes in Normal Behavior:
o There may be changes in their usual consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. This could be an increase or a decrease in drinking or drug use.
o They may make a change in how they look or make it difficult to identify them, such as changing the look of their vehicle or selling or getting rid of their vehicle.
o They may pay too much or too little attention to the progress of this investigation that seems out of the ordinary. They may try to find new information about the investigation or, they may quickly turn off the news and social media or try to redirect conversations about the victims or their families.
o They may be anxious, nervous, or irritable. They may withdraw from normal activities."
As of October 21, the sheriff's department has received over 1,200 tips and they "have thoroughly investigated over 1,000." Jayme has been added to the top of the FBI's Missing Persons list and is still considered "missing and endangered."
"In addition, we are seeking information about the victims, Denise and James Closs. We are hopeful to learn more about the Closs family to help bring Jayme home," the Facebook post concluded. "If you spent time with members of the Closs family recently, or if you have ever had a misunderstanding with members of the Closs family, or know someone who has, please call the tipline."
Here is the tip line: 1-855-744-3879. If you see Jayme, please call 9-1-1. Please pray for her safe return!