Sheriff: Items recovered in missing girl search not connected to case

Published: Oct. 23, 2018 at 2:31 PM CDT
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Volunteers recovered several items during a sweeping ground search for possible evidence in the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says these items are being assessed. The investigators have not been able to connect anything to the crime, Fitzgerald says.

On Tuesday, about 2,000 volunteers combed through woods and swamp along Highway 25 in the Barron area looking for anything that may be evidence.

Jamye Closs is considered missing and endangered. Investigators believe she was abducted from her Barron home on Oct. 15. Her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found shot to death in the home.

Fitzgerald says Jayme Closs, who is currently listed at the top of the FBI's Missing Persons list, is not considered a suspect in the killings.

Sheriff Fitzgerald has identified two vehicles of interest that were in the area of the Closs home in Barron at the time of the incident on Oct. 15.

One vehicle is believed to be a 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger that's red or orange in color.

The second vehicle is black in color. The sheriff says it is believed to be either a 2006-2010 Ford Edge or a 2004-2010 Acura MDX.

"We reviewed several videos from both private homes and businesses and we were able to put together different shots to come up with these three images here," Fitzgerald says.

People who have information on these vehicles or spot them are urged to take down the time, location and license plate and call the Jayme Closs tip line at 1-855-744-3879.

Investigators have received more than 1,400 tips about Jayme Closs. They've investigated and closed 1,100 of those tips. Fitzgerald says they are "aggressively" following up on the other tips.

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show multiple shots were fired at the Closs home in the early morning hours of Monday, Oct. 15. A 911 call was placed from Denise Closs's cellphone. Deputies arrived on scene to find the Closs parents dead of gunshot wounds and Jayme Closs missing.

The door had been kicked in.

The gun used to kill the Closs parents has not been located.

James and Denise Closs will be remembered during a service at a St. Peter's Catholic Church in Cameron at 1 p.m. Saturday.

An obituary says James and Denise Closs were married on June 9, 2003 in Las Vegas, Nev. The couple worked at a Jennie-O Turkey Store in Barron for nearly 30 years.

James Closs was described as a big Green Bay Packers and Wisconsin Badgers fan. Denise Closs enjoyed working with flowers and feeding birds.

These are three images of the two vehicles of interest that we determined were in the area of the Closs home at the time...

Posted by Barron County Sheriff's Department on Monday, October 22, 2018