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Sheriff says missing 13-year-old girl is in danger, dismisses Miami tip

MIAMI, Fl. - Authorities say a Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn't a runaway and that they think she's in danger.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a media briefing Tuesday that he can't reveal why authorities believe 13-year-old Jayme Closs is in danger because it could compromise the investigation. But he repeated his plea for the public's help in finding her.

The Barron Area School District Superintendent described Jayme as a "sweet, quiet girl who is a loyal friend and loves to dance." 

Deputies responding to a 911 call around 1 a.m. Monday found the bodies of 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs in their home in the western Wisconsin town of Barron. No cause of death has been released but authorities said gunshots had been fired.

An Amber Alert was issued for Closs after her parents were found dead in their home in Barron, Wisconsin early Monday morning. 

Fitzgerald said Jayme was last seen at a family gathering Sunday afternoon, but he provided no details. 

Jayme's grandfather Robert Naiberg told The Associated Press on Tuesday that she "was quiet as always" on Sunday at his grandson's birthday party. Naiberg also said his daughter, Jayme's mother Denise who was found dead, was a "thoughtful person" who brought "a little gift for everybody" at the party. He said Jayme's father was working at the time of the party.

Jayme is not believed to be a suspect in the deaths and is considered to be in danger at this time, deputies said. 

Miami police said someone reported a person who fit the description of Closs was at a gas station on N. W. 27 Avenue and 11 Street in Miami, Florida between 2 and 3 p.m. Monday. 

Police said a black Ford Explorer with what was possibly a Wisconsin license plate of I60-WER was occupied by two well-dressed, Middle Eastern men estimated to be in their 30s, just under 6 feet tall and over 200 pounds. There was a young girl inside who matched Jayme's description, according to the person who provided the information. 

During a news conference Tuesday afternoon, Fitzgerald dismissed the tip about the alleged Miami sighting as not credible.

Anyone with information is asked to call 911 or the Barron County Sheriff’s Office at 855-744-3879.


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