New clues from 911 call emerge in case of missing Wisconsin girl

October 20, 2018

 

 

A sheriff's department dispatch log reveals new information about the night that missing Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs' parents were found dead -- including that a 911 call appeared to have come from her mother's cell phone, and that the door to the family's home had been kicked in.

 

Authorities have been searching for Jayme Closs, 13, since early Monday, when a mysterious 911 call led deputies to discover that her parents had been shot dead at the family's home in northwestern Wisconsin's Barron County.

 

Authorities said they don't believe Jayme Closs ran away.

Investigators say Jayme apparently vanished just after the shootings and is in danger. An Amber Alert was issued for her Monday, and the FBI has added her to its online list of kidnapped or missing people.

 

 

 

 

 

"We believe Jayme was in the home at the time of the homicides and we believe she's still in danger," Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said this week. 

    The investigation began when someone called 911 shortly before 1 a.m. Monday. No one on the line talked to the dispatcher, but the dispatcher could hear a disturbance, authorities said.

     

    Deputies responded about four minutes later and found Jayme's parents, James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, shot dead in their home outside the small city of Barron -- and Jayme was nowhere to be found, authorities said.

     

    A city of 3,400, Barron is about 75 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

    A dispatch log that the Barron County Sheriff's Department released Friday offers a few new details from that night:

     

    • The dispatcher "could hear a lot of yelling" during the 911 call.

     

    • The call was "pinged" to the Closs' home. When the dispatcher called the number back, a voicemail greeting indicated that the phone belonged to Denise Closs.

     

    • A responding officer found "the door has been kicked in."

     

    • The family dog was there when deputies arrived, and was eventually taken to a relative's home.

    Amber Alert issued for 13-year-old Jayme Closs

     

    The log does not indicate who made the 911 call, who was yelling or what was being yelled.

    Closs' parents were shot and their deaths have been ruled homicides, Fitzgerald said Wednesday. No gun was found at the scene, he said. 

     

    Investigators believe Jayme was at home during the shooting based on details from the 911 call and evidence from the home, Fitzgerald said.

     

    "Is it a random attack or a targeted attack? I don't know that answer," Fitzgerald told reporters. "That's why those leads are so important."

     

     

     

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