Missing Wisconsin teen may have been spotted in Florida

Missing Wisconsin teen may have been spotted in Florida
Posted at 11:39 AM, Oct 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 12:56:06-04


The search for a missing Wisconsin teen who hasn’t been seen since the death of her parents inside their home has officials in South Florida on alert after reports she may have been seen in the area, according to the NBC affiliate in that area

Miami Police say that 13-year-old Jayme Closs may have been seen in the area of Northwest 27th Avenue and 11th Street on Monday afternoon.

Police say someone matching her description may have been in a black Ford Explorer with Wisconsin tags reading I60WER. Jayme is described as 5-feet tall and 100 pounds with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes.

Officials say two men may have been in the vehicle as well, described by Miami Police as two well-dressed, Middle Eastern men in their 30s, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9, weighing 200 to 250 pounds with beards.

Deputies went to the home in Barron, WI after dispatchers received a 911 call from an unknown person at around 1 a.m. Monday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said. An Amber Alert was also issued for the teen.

Fitzgerald said they found the bodies of Jayme Closs' parents, who were later identified by the sheriff's department as 56-year-old James Closs and his 46-year-old wife, Denise Closs. Fitzgerald also said there had been gunshots, but he stopped short of saying that's how the couple died.

"At the end of the day, I want a 13-year-old here safe and sound. That's our goal. That's our only goal right now," Fitzgerald said at a news briefing.

Investigators don't have any leads or suspects, but they have enlisted the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI, which has agents who specialize in missing children cases, the sheriff said. He said Jayme is not considered a suspect in her parents' deaths.

Fitzgerald said investigators are frustrated they haven't developed any leads and asked for the public's help with any information about what could have happened to the girl.

Officers also were at Jayme's middle school talking with her friends and acquaintances, hoping to develop some leads, officials said.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 immediately.