Volunteers searching for evidence related to Jayme Closs case

Volunteers searching for evidence related to Jayme Closs case

The Barron County Sheriff's Department was dispatched to the home at 1 a.m. Monday after a 911 call was made from a cellphone.

The violent murder of James and Denise Closs early October 15 and the ongoing search for their missing and endangered 13-year-old daughter has consumed the close-knit community.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a news conference late Wednesday that autopsies confirmed that James and Denise Closs had been fatally shot and that their deaths have been ruled homicides.

Police say a 911 call and evidence from the address suggests she was in the house when the disturbance took place.

The girl was nowhere to be found. Investigators say the girl is in danger and is not suspected in her parents' deaths.

Officials say more than 40 local businesses and organizations have donated meals and other resources to investigators during the first few days of the search for Jayme.

He said law enforcement officers will be flooding the small Wisconsin community of 3,300 people. A drone and infrared camera are used to search the area around the Closs home, but Jayme was not found. An Amber Alert was issued without a description of a suspect or vehicle.

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It's unclear if the attack was random or targeted, the sheriff said. "We're not ruling anything out", the family member said.

"I'll be honest. I'm struggling with this because I don't have some of those answers that I want to give you", Fitzgerald told reporters.

Just 11 minutes later, deputies found a second person down, no gun at the scene and the landline had been disconnected.

Seara Closs said she wishes she were the one endangered, not her cousin Jayme. He declined to elaborate as to why investigators believe she didn't run away from home, saying that disclosing more information would compromise their investigation. That's why those leads are so important'.

"They are experts in breaking down 911 tapes, looking at our phones, and taking care of all evidence in that manner", Fitzgerald said in an interview on CNN's Crime & Justice Wednesday night. "I think there was a need for people to come together", said the attendee.

"It was just, "bang" and 'bang, '" Smrekar said. It may have been the last time Jayme was seen.

The missing girl is described as 5-feet tall and 100 pounds, with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes. Anyone with information can call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879.

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