Closs funerals on Saturday and reward for Jayme climbs

The Barron County Sheriff has followed up on more than 1,400 tips outo f 1,700

Edgar Linares
October 26, 2018 - 7:16 pm

Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP


As family and friends prepare to say goodbye to James and Denise Closs on Saturday, a reward to find their missing daughter is climbing.

The reward to find information on 13-year-old Jayme Closs, has doubled to $50,000 after the Barron, Wisconsin's Jennie-O Turkey store donated the money. That’s where Jayme’s parents worked before their bodies were discovered on October 15.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said they’ve followed up on more than 1,400 tips, of the more than 1,700 they’ve received.

It was around 1:00 AM Monday morning on October 15, when sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call from Denise’s Closs phone. Deputies found the front door to home kicked in and James and Denise shot to death. Investigators believe Jayme was inside the home when the killings occurred and abducted.

This week the sheriff released images of two cars described as a “vehicles of interest” and later asked for 2,000 volunteers to help search around the Closs home and other Barron locations. The vehciles of interest are a red or orange Dodge Challenger and a black Ford Edge or a black Acura MDX.

Funeral services for James, 56, and Denise, 46, will be held between 1 PM and 2 PM at the St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Cameron, WI on Saturday.