There are fears for the welfare of a 13-year-old girl who went missing from her Wisconsin home after her parents were found murdered.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said that 46-year-old Denise Closs and 56-year-old James Closs were victims of homicide.
"Her parents died from gunshot wounds that's why we are ruling this a homicide".
In the news conference, the sheriff also revealed for the first time that evidence shows Jayme was at the home at the time of the slayings, but he did not reveal that evidence beyond mentioning the 911 call. When this investigation began, I knew I would need manpower to investigate and to search for Jayme and to bring her home. "That's the main point", he said. Fitzgerald said. "I don't know that answer; that is why those leads are so important". After finding her parents deceased, officials announced that Jayme Closs was missing, and on Monday afternoon, an Amber Alert was issued. But no one spoke directly to the dispatcher, Fitzgerald said.
But when police arrived four minutes later, no gun or suspects were found at the scene and there was no sign of Jayme.
Local authorities have said investigators do not believe she ran away and they don't consider her a suspect.
Authorities believe Jayme is in imminent danger.
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Fitzgerald told reporters during the news conference Tuesday that investigators have received more than 200 tips and are following up on them. James and Denise Closs both were longtime employees at the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron, which has a hatchery and processing plant.
Authorities have not released details about the deaths - including how the parents were killed or how long they had been dead.
The national search for Jayme Closs is getting added attention thanks to a Barron native in the spotlight for another reason.
The girl's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told The Associated Press he saw Jayme at a gathering Sunday: "She was quiet as always".
On HLN's "Crime & Justice" Wednesday night, Fitzgerald told host Ashleigh Banfield that deputies had recovered the cell phone from which the 911 call was made.
Jayme is described as white, 5 feet tall, 100 pounds, with green eyes and blond or strawberry blond hair.
Even while Officer Stetzer is not exactly sure how he will be assisting the school district yet, he said he is well aware of the healing power of dogs and especially the department's therapy dog, Badge. Anyone with information is asked to call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879.