Jayme Closs vanished in the middle of the night.
Someone from the Closs home made a call to the Barron County Sheriff’s 911 service at 12:53 a.m., Monday, October 15th 2018. Sheriff’s deputies arrived within seven minutes to discover James and Denise Closs dead of gunshot wounds. Their 13 year old daughter, Jayme, was not in the home. Jayme would later be listed as missing and endangered.
Thousands of volunteers searched the area. Two vehicles of interest were named and subsequently cleared. A sighting was reported in Miami and later dismissed. A man even broke into the Closs home and was caught stealing items of Jayme’s clothing. Investigators state that the man is not a suspect.
The nation watched as investigators removed items of evidence from the Closs home…a storm door, a broken entry door that had been allegedly kicked on, a small mattress, what appeared to be gun cases and a kitchen chair that appeared to show splintering from potential gunfire. Many thought the chair had ropes tied to its legs leading to speculation that someone had been tied to the chair. Investigators have stated that they called in numerous teams of investigators who combed over the scene four times, each removing evidence that might lead to the killer or killers.
In the weeks following, little is known. Investigators have openly shared their frustration at the lack of evidence. They have revealed that there are no shoe prints, no fingerprints, no DNA and no motive. The 911 call only revealed yelling of which the nature has not been disclosed.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald spoke exclusively with The Daily Mail’s Laura Collins. Fitzgerald stated that ‘the crime scene both in and around the house was bizarrely in order’ and ‘nothing was out of place’. He went on to say “It’s very frustrating but if I’m only in your house four minutes and I only step five feet into your house I’m probably not going to leave a big footprint”.
The Daily Mail also interviewed Jayme’s aunts, Jennifer Smith and Susie Allord. Jayme’s aunts believe the answer is right there in Barron County – that someone local knows what happened. They also believe the attack was ‘planned because they were in and out of there in four minutes and left nothing behind’.
Fitzgerald believes Jamie is alive. He doesn’t believe that Jayme had time to struggle with her captor. ‘If I’m the bad guy and I shoot two people, the third person, no matter who that is and probably whatever age they are, are probably going to do what I say because they know I’m capable of killing somebody’. When asked why he believes Jayme is still alive, Fitzgerald reveals ‘There’s no evidence to reveal she was injured at the scene before she was taken. There’s no physical evidence at all’.
Investigators will not reveal what type of gun was used or the caliber as this is something only the killer will know and likely the only thing investigators have determined conclusively from the scene. Around one hundred pieces of evidence have been sent into the crime lab for testing. Of those items, several are bullet or shell casings. The casings could have been the key to solving this crime if the perpetrator had touched the casings to load the weapon. It was revealed today that no DNA has been found at the scene.
In the meantime, rumors abound. One man took to social media to claim that his friend was called to the Closs home around 10:30pm that Sunday evening. This would be just two hours before neighbors claim they heard two gunshots. The same man also claimed this friend saw Jamie earlier Sunday evening at a local grocery purchasing a large amount of snack type items. The man did not reveal the nature of that call to the home and neither statement has been confirmed to be true.
Others have alluded to the private nature of the Closs’s. No one seems to know much about the family, however, there has been no evidence whatsoever that the Closs’s were anything but your typical middle class family that were dedicated to each other, their careers and their teenage daughter. As speculation loomed that perhaps Jayme herself was somehow involved in her parents deaths, at least two friends spoke out on her behalf stating that Jayme was ‘sweet’ and ‘could never do such a thing’.
Investigators are delving into the intricate details of the Closs’s lives as they look for any tip or clue for a motive or a suspect. If you have any information to offer or any insight into the lives of James, Denise or Jayme’s life please contact the tip line, Barron County Sheriff’s Dept or the FBI. Someone out there has that one piece of information and may not even realize the significance so make that call!
The reward stands at $50,000 for the information leading to Jayme’s location.
Tip Line: 855-744-3879
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