Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin girl’s parents were shot to death

2 days after 2 found dead, teen still missing

The Barron County sheriff confirmed Wednesday that the deaths of two people found in their home are considered homicides.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference that 46-year-old Denise Closs and 56-year-old James Closs were shot to death and investigators believe their 13-year-old daughter Jayme Closs was home when they were killed.

Police responded within four minutes Monday to a 911 call from the Closs home and found the bodies, but Jayme was not in the house.

An Amber Alert was issued for Jayme Monday afternoon.

Fitzgerald also said no gun was found in the home.

Jayme is not a suspect and he again pleaded with the public for any tips on her whereabouts, officials have said. He said investigators haven’t received any tips of any credible sightings.

On Tuesday, Fitzgerald dismissed a tip of a possible sighting of Jayme in Miami and said Miami police tweeted the information without consulting with Wisconsin investigators.

The sheriff’s office is hosting a town hall meeting Wednesday night for Barron County residents only “to offer me the opportunity to connect with the citizens of Barron County, and have a private dialogue about how our community is doing,” Fitzgerald said in a Facebook post. He said the media will not be allowed at the town hall, which freedom of information advocate and longtime reporter Bill Lueders called “troubling” and “offensive.”

“The media are members and representatives of the public,” Lueders, president of the Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council said in a statement Wednesday. “The media want to help as much as anyone. And the media are uniquely able to help, in terms of getting out information and encouraging people to share tips.”

The town hall will be held at 7 p.m. at WITC in Rice Lake at 1900 College Drive in the Conference Center.

Sheriff: Missing Wisconsin girl’s parents were shot to death

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