Search Continues for Missing Wisconsin Teen, Investigation into Double Homicide Case Underway

October 16, 2018 02:54 PM

The best friend of a missing Barron County, Wisconsin, girl said she's afraid for her friend's life as the search for her continues Tuesday morning.

"She would never run away," family friend Ashlea said. "She was really, like, not the type of person who would do that."


An amber alert was issued Monday for 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

RELATED: Amber Alert Issued for Missing Wisconsin 13-Year-Old

Jayme's parents, identified by authorities as Jim and Denise Closs, were found dead at their home early Monday morning.

RELATED: 2 Found Dead at Wisconsin Residence, 13-Year-Old Missing

The FBI is calling the case a double homicide.

Now investigators are trying to find out what led to their deaths in the midst of searching for Jayme.

RELATED: Sheriff's Office IDs 2 Found Dead in Barron County Home, Amber Alert Remains in Place for Missing Teen

In Florida, Miami police said they're investigating a possible sighting of the girl in their area, but haven't been able to verify it. Currently, authorities are considering Jayme's disappearance as an abduction.

FBI officials said they believe Jayme was taken from the home, likely at gunpoint.

The problem for authorities is that there are no suspect or vehicle descriptions as of Monday night.

The Barron County Sheriff's Office, the FBI, and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are working to find Jayme and probe the circumstances of her parents' deaths.

What makes Jayme's disappearance so puzzling for investigators is that police say they have never been called out to the Closs home before and Jayme had no known issues at middle school.

Authorities are checking Jayme's social media accounts, looking for any clues as to where she may be.

"Whoever has her should really give her back because there's a lot of people who really care about her and love her and don't want to see anything bad happen to her," Ashlea said.

5 EYEWITNESS NEWS has reached out to local authorities for a comment about the possible sighting in Miami but have not yet heard back.

Anyone with any information is asked to call 911 or the Barron County Sheriff's Department at 1-855-744-3879.

A "Prayer Service of Hope" for Closs is scheduled for 7 p.m. Tuesday at St. Peter Catholic Church in Cameron, Wisconsin.


Todd Wilson & Rebecca Omastiak

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