Barron, Wisconsin — Missing teen Jayme Closs has been located alive, officials say.
On Thursday evening the Barron County Sheriff’s Department was notified by the Douglas County, Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department that they had located Jayme Closs.
Shortly after this a suspect was taken into custody.
“We do not have any other details at this time as this is a very fluid and active investigation,” the Barron County Sheriff said in a statement. “We will not be answering any questions or taking calls on this tonight.”
“We want to thank the Douglas Co Sheriff’s Department and agencies assisting them tonight. We also want to thank all the Law Enforcement agencies across the state and county that have assisted us in this case. We also could not have endured this case without the support of the public and I want to thank them for all the support and help.”
“Finally we want to especially thank the family for their support and patience while this case was ongoing. We promised to bring Jayme home and tonight we get to fulfill that promise. From the bottom of my heart THANK YOU!”
On Monday, October 15, 2018, a 911 call was received from the Barron, Wisconsin home of 13-year-old Jayme Lynn Closs and her parents. Upon arrival police found that Closs’ parents had been shot to death and the teenager was missing. Police believe Closs was abducted and she was not a suspect in her parents’ deaths.
The night of the disappearance a 911 call was made from the home of the Closs family around 1:00 am. While the operator did not speak with anyone, they heard a disturbance and a lot of yelling. When the dispatcher attempted to call the number back, they received the voicemail of Denise Closs. Upon arrival four minutes after the call, police noticed that the front door had been kicked in, and her parents, James Closs (56 years old) and Denise Closs (46 years old), were dead from gunshot wounds. People say they have no suspects in their death.
The family dog was still in the home when officers arrived, and it was believed that Jayme was home at the time of the shooting, based on details in the 911 call and evidence from the home. No gun was recovered after searching the home.
Two vehicles were spotted on surveillance footage near to the home, with police identifying them as vehicles of interest, and as a red or orange 2008 – 2014 Dodge Challenger and a black 2006 – 2010 Ford Edge or 2004 – 2010 Acura MDX. Neighbors also claimed to hear two gunshots around 00:30 am on October 15, but dismissed it as hunting was common around their home and did not call 911.
The Sheriff’s department is expected to hold a press conference Friday morning.