Dispatch Documents Reveal Details of Killing of Barron County Couple, Teen Girl's Disappearance

January 11, 2019 06:24 AM

Barron County dispatch documents released Friday reveal more about the night a Wisconsin couple was shot and killed.

Their 13-year-old daughter is still missing.

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Police responded to the family's home early Monday morning following a 911 call. The dispatch documents show the call came from Denise Closs’ phone at 12:53 a.m. on Monday.

Dispatchers report they “could hear a lot of yelling” and tried calling back several times but there was no answer. They said the landline had been disconnected.

Officers were dispatched at 12:56 a.m. and arrived four minutes later, at 1 a.m.

The report said officers found “one male down, multiple rounds spent” and the door had been kicked in.

It also said the “male who was down answered the door."

RELATED: Day 5: Jayme Closs Search Continues

After clearing the house around 1:08 a.m., authorities found a second person down at 1:11. The report said officers did not find a gun on the scene.

RELATED: Sheriff: Deaths of Missing Wisconsin Teen's Parents Ruled Homicides

Around 4 a.m., they declared Jayme Closs a missing person. An amber alert was issued at 3:20 that afternoon.

Authorities do not have a suspect description. They are asking anyone who has noticed any suspicious behavior from anyone they know to come forward. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said that behavior could include missing appointments, changing appearance, seeming too interested or not interested enough in the investigation, leaving town or showing anxiousness, irritability or nervousness.

The tipline is 1-855-744-3879. The sheriff's office has also established an email address for pictures or video related to possible sightings, jaymetips@co.barron.wi.us.

Fitzgerald said they have received more than 1,000 tips.

The FBI has posted information on Jayme on billboards across the country.


Jayme’s disappearance and her parents’ deaths are on the top of everyone's mind in Barron County.

“When I wake up I wonder what’s happened, if there’s any news,” said Linda Krahenbuhl. “It’s on my mind right away and all day long it hasn’t left.”

She said investigators were out by her farm, a mile from the family’s home, checking the ditches. She’s been combing every inch of their farm for any clues that could help.

“Gone into our other buildings and we’ve been moving machinery and things,” said Krahenbuhl. “We have a water way out through our cornfield and I’ll go out and run down that and run down our other trails.”

Krahenbuhl didn’t know the Closs family but said they are constantly in her thoughts.

“They’re part of us here,” she said. “Good news is what we want.”

ABC affiliate WQOW reports a benefit account has been set up at Sterling Bank for the Closs family.

Sterling Bank has four locations in that area, and all four are accepting the money. “The Closs Family Benefit Account” was started Friday morning.

To make a donation, either send a check to one of the four branches or drop off money in person. Just make a note that you want the money given to the Closs family.

Sterling Bank Locations:

  • Barron – P.O. Box 70, 234 E. La Salle Ave, Barron WI 54812
  • Chetek – P.O. Box 106, 427 2nd Street, Chetek WI 54728
  • Luck – P.O. Box 314, 2547 State Road 35, Luck WI 54853
  • Rice Lake – P.O. Box 480, 311 N. Main Street, Rice Lake WI 54868

The Barron County Department of Health is also offering support resources for community members struggling with Jayme's disappearance and the killing of her parents.

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