"We believe Jayme was in the home at the time of the homicides, and we believe she's still in danger", he said Wednesday, in comments shared on the department's Facebook page.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a press conference on October 17 that evidence from the house and a 911 call indicated that the teenager was at home when her parents were killed at their home in Barron, about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis, early in the morning on October 15. I don't know that answer.
If you see Jayme Closs, call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879. The 13-year-old's whereabouts and safety are still in question as a search for her enters another day.
Fitzgerald said he doesn't believe the young girl, who was last seen at a family gathering for her cousin's birthday on October 13, ran away from home, though he didn't specify why.
On Oct. 15, at 12:53 a.m., dispatchers received a 911 call from a home in Barron.
"We believe Jayme was home based on the evidence in our case - 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", he said at Wednesday's news conference.
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No solid tips have materialized as of yet, Fitzgerald said, urging members of the public to contact law enforcement with any information they might have. Authorities have stopped short of classifying her disappearance as an abduction, saying only that it's a possibility, although an Amber Alert was issued. He said both were shot to death.
Fitzgerald said deputies arrived less than four minutes after a 911 call.
Federal Bureau of Investigation officials in Milwaukee said on social media at the time that it appeared that Jayme may have been "taken" from her home, "likely with a gun".
Jayme Closs was described as 5 feet tall, weighing 100 pounds with green eyes and blond or strawberry hair.
An undated photo of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs of Barron, Wisconsin. "I just want to bring Jayme home".
At 6 p.m., officials identified the victims as Denise and James Closs. Officers also spoke with friends and staff at Jayme's middle school, hoping to develop some leads.