Wisconsin teen remains missing, authorities toss FL tip

Tweet from Miami Police on possible sighting deemed "not credible"

Sloane Martin
October 16, 2018 - 4:42 am
Jayme Closs is missing

Barron County, WI sheriffs office


The Barron County Sheriff in western Wisconsin is ruling out a tip from Miami Police who tweeted the 13-year-old missing girl whose parents were killed was spotted in Florida.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said the FBI ruled out the Miami tip in the disappearance of Jayme Closs. 

"We have no credible information about the Miami incident," he said. Fitzgerald said the tweet from Miami Police was sent without consultation with local authorities.

Fitzgerald said well over 100 people are working the case. An autopsy on Closs's parents will be done Wednesday. For now, details surrounding the deaths of 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs have not been released.

"I haven't commented on the manner of death or any other manner and I will not comment on that," he said.

A 911 call was received at 1 a.m. Monday. Deputies later found Jayme’s parents dead inside their home. No suspect or vehicle description has been given. Police believe Jayme was at the home at the time.

FBI officials say every minute is critical in tracking Jayme down. New Barron School District Superintendent Diane Tremblay echoed the thoughts of the Barron community, and all those following the disappearance.

"We want to see Jayme safe and back in our hands," she said.

The community gathered for a vigil Tuesday night at St. Peter Catholic Church in Cameron. Many wore blue and green ribbons -- the former Jayme's favorite color, the latter the symbol for missing children. Closs family friend Melissa Salmonson said it's been difficult to stay patient.

"We're not getting a lot of information because there isn't any," she said. "It's not like we can go out and search, or help in anyway. So people are sitting, feeling helpless. Being able to come together as family and friends and being able to pray together and feel like maybe those prayers are helping in some way, will maybe just make us feel a little better."

Police say they know whose cellphone the original 911 call came from, but have not said who at this time.