Missing teen whose parents were shot is found alive, suspect in custody

Lester Mason
January 11, 2019

The Barron County Sheriff's Department said Jayme Closs has been located and is alive.

According to a post by the department, Jayme will be reunited with her family Thursday night.

She describes Denise as a mother whose involvement showed how much she cared about her daughter: "A lot of parents will drop [their] kids off at activities when they get to be a little older".

The Barron County Sheriff's Department said on its Facebook page that Jayme Closs has been located and that a suspect was taken into custody. Gillian Drummond, a spokeswoman for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, and Leonard Peace, a spokesman for the Federal Bureau of Investigation in Wisconsin, declined comment Thursday evening (local time). "You just have to get up every day and keep that hope alive and stick together as a family and pray that everything is going to work out", said Tom Allard, a family member. Investigators said Closs was quickly ruled out as a suspect. He wrote that he had no additional details to report, but has scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Friday in Barron.

"We want to thank the Douglas Co Sheriff's Department and agencies assisting them tonight".

Jayme's story was helped by The Voice contestant Chris Kroeze, who dedicated his performances to her on his run to the finale of the singing competition.

The call came from Denise's phone, according to the dispatch logs. Autopsies determined the two died of gunshot wounds and were murdered, and that Closs was inside the home when they were killed.

Closs is reported to have been found less than 15 minutes later. Authorities also tried calling the home's landline but it was disconnected, records show.

The dispatch logs reveal that a responding officer found "the door [to the Closs home had] been kicked in".

Jayme Closs, 13, vanished on October 15 after her parents were fatally shot at their home in Barron County, located about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis. A search was being organized to find the couple's missing daughter.

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