Jayme Closs, missing Wisconsin girl whose parents were shot dead, found safe

Cheryl Sanders
January 11, 2019

BARRON COUNTY, Wis. (WEAU) - Jayme Closs has been located.

She said she was walking her dog and nearing her cabin when she saw the 13-year-old walking down the road. It's just a great result we got tonight. There are no other details on the case at this time due to a fluid and active investigation.

Police are not releasing much information, just that the investigation led them to a farmhouse in East Troy. "You just have to get up every day and keep that hope alive and stick together as a family and pray that everything is going to work out", said Tom Allard, a family member.

Jayme Closs, missing Wisconsin girl whose parents were shot dead, found safe

They said a suspect believed to be linked to the case was now in custody.

On Thursday night, Barron County's Sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald, announced the good news on the department's Twitter page. We also want to thank all the Law Enforcement agencies across the state and county that have assisted us in this case.

A Wisconsin girl who vanished after someone broke into her family's house and killed her parents has been found alive, according to police.


Investigators believe Jayme was abducted October 15, 2018, before dawn after her parents, James and Denise Closs, aged 56 and 46, were gunned down in their home in Barron.

Police responded to the house after a unusual 911 call in which no one spoke.

A 911 call was made from Denise Closs' cellphone at about 1 a.m. on October 15, with garbled, inaudible audio.


Before Closs was reported missing, a mysterious 911 call was made from her home.

When authorities responded to the home, they found the front door kicked in and the couple had been shot to death. When police arrived at the family home, they found the bodies of Denise and her 56-year-old husband, James Closs - but no sign of Jayme.

Jayme went missing on October 15, when her parents, James and Denise Closs, were both found shot to death in their rural home. A search was being organized to find the couple's missing daughter. A $25,000 reward was offered and grew to $50,000.


Both James and Denise were long-time employees of the Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron.

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