The Barron County Sheriff’s Office in Wisconsin announced during a press brief Monday afternoon that they are seeking two cars of interest in the disappearance of missing teen, Jayme Closs, whose been missing since last week.
Both vehicles were spotted in the area around the time Jayme’s parents, James and Denise Closs, were gunned down inside their rural Barron home last Monday. The vehicles, according to Barron County Sheriff, Chris Fitzgerald, were seen on businesses and home surveillance cameras. The first car is a 2008 to 2014 model, red/orange Dodge Challenger. The second vehicle is a either a 2006 to 2010 model, black Ford Edge or black Acura MDX.
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“If anyone sees or has seen these vehicles around Barron County over the past two weeks, they are asked to call our tip line with the time it was observed, location, and license plate number if available,” Fitzgerald said. “We do not know what license plates are on those vehicles.”
Fitzgerald explained that authorities are only taking tips about the mentioned makes and models only. No other vehicles are being followed up on at this time.
Officials are also asking for 2,000 volunteers help during a grid search for Jayme, to begin Tuesday morning and last until around 4 p.m. that afternoon. All volunteers must be 18 years of age and older. Volunteers are asked to report to the staging area at 1883 Highway 25, also known as the Hungry Hollow Grounds, located at the intersection of Highway 25 and 19th Avenue.
Volunteers need to arrive no later than 9 a.m. and should first register at the staging area. Officials expect the search to be done at around 4 p.m. All volunteers must bring valid identification. The search will be led by law enforcement officers.
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As CrimeOnline previously reported, at 12:53 a.m. on Monday, a call to the Barron County 911 dispatch came from the cell phone of Denise Closs. The caller didn’t speak directly to the 911 dispatcher but there was “a lot of noise” and sounds of distress in the background. After the call disconnected, the dispatcher called the number back numerous times but didn’t get an answer. The dispatcher then called the home’s landline, but it had been disconnected.
Three different officers were dispatched to the family’s home, around 45 miles northwest of Eau Claire.
An officer arrived at the family’s Barron home by 1 a.m. and found James Closs by the front door. At 1:03 a.m., the officer noted that a male was down and “multiple rounds” had been spent. The incident was initially thought to be a suicide before the officer knew Denise had also been shot. At 1:06 a.m., the officer stated that the front door had apparently been kicked in.
“…ADVISED THE DOOR HAS BEEN KICKED IN. ADVISED THAT THE MALE WHO IS DOWN HAD ANSWERED THE DOOR. UNKNOWN IF ANYONE IS MISSING.” (1:06 a.m.)
At 1:11 a.m., an officer reported that both James and Denise “were down” and unresponsive. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald later confirmed that both victims had been shot and killed. Their deaths were listed as homicides.
Over two hours later, at 3:57 a.m., officers entered Jayme into the system as a “missing juvenile.” They combed the house and area thoroughly for the teen first, noting that they couldn’t find her nor any clues to her whereabouts. At 5:13 am, dispatchers sent out a “Missing Endangered Child” notification, indicating Jayme was likely abducted from the residence. Authorities later said she was likely taken by gunpoint.
Six days and over 1,000 tips later, Jayme remains missing. Authorities previously stated they didn’t have a description of a suspect. There was nothing amiss in her home or school life on surface, and family and friends said Jayme did not have a boyfriend. Investigators reportedly searched her social media accounts and didn’t find anything unusual.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities are now asking anyone who knew James or Denise Closs to come forward with any information.
“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. If you spent time with members of the Closs family recently or if you have ever had a misunderstanding with any members of the Closs family or know someone who has, please call the tip line,” Barron County Sherriff, Chris Fitzgerald, said on Friday.
Investigators are also asking people to observe family members, friends, or people they know in the community for any behavior that seems out of the norm, including:
- Missing work for no apparent reason
- Missing scheduled appointments
- Leaving town without a reasonable explanation
- Increase in drug and/or alcohol use
- Altering their appearance
- Paying “too much or too little” attention to the case, such as quickly shutting the news off when it reports on Jayme and her parents
- Selling and/or getting rid of a vehicle
Jayme is described as a white female who stands 5-feet tall, weighs around 100 pounds, and has green eyes and strawberry blond hair.
Anyone with any information on Jayme’s whereabouts is urged to contact a tip line made specifically for her case at 1-855-744-3879.
[Feature Photo: Jayme Closs/Handout]