Jayme Closs Parents: Cause of Death Released


Sheriff Fitzgerald says due to evidence found in the home and the audio from the 911 call, investigators believe Jayme was home at the time of the shooting early Monday morning.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference Wednesday that autopsies parents confirmed the couple was shot.

Fitzgerald has said Jayme is not a suspect and he again pleaded with the public for any tips on her whereabouts.

Robert Naiberg said that nothing seemed amiss at the gathering, and that Jayme was "quiet as always".

"Based on our investigation thus far, we believe Jayme was in the home at the time of the homicides and we believe she is in danger", he said.

"Our thoughts are with the Closs family and the entire Barron community", said a statement from Jennie-O Turkey Store officials. He also dismissed the idea Jayme had run away from her home in Barron, located about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis. The 911 call was placed with a cell phone around 1 a.m. on Monday morning (October 15, 2018), the sheriff said previously, but no one spoke, although unspecified noise was heard in the background.

Ed Downing Sr., who was identified as a family member, said on the "Today" show that he hopes authorities can bring Jayme home safely.

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Authorities on Wednesday (Oct. 17) ruled the deaths of the parents of a missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl as homicide, as the search for Jayme Closs, the missing girl, entered its third day. He implored the public to share any suspicions, including any behavioral changes in people they know, no matter how small. "Some of it from that 911 call and some of it is still part of the active investigation and we're not able to comment on why we believe that", said Fitzgerald. "If there is something that this community can do, I guarantee you that you'll see, nearly everyone from this town, from the surrounding towns, doing everything they can to help", said Chris Kroeze.

Fitzgerald said they did not find a gun on the property. As of 3 PM today, we have received over 400 tips from our community and across the nation. An Amber Alert was issued without a description of a suspect or vehicle.

Many hours later, the Wisconsin sheriff said that while "I can't say that it was not her. we have no credible information about the Miami incident".

Authorities have described Jayme as a 5-foot-tall, 100-pound 13-year-old girl with strawberry-blonde hair and green eyes.

"If it does not come from this podium, it is not a credible tip", Sheriff Fitzgerald said about information coming from agencies outside of the state.

Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the tipline - 855-744-3879.