Volunteers join search for girl whose parents were killed

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BARRON, Wis. (AP) – One-hundred volunteers have joined the search for a Wisconsin girl who went missing earlier this week and whose parents were shot and killed in their home.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald requested the help of volunteers on Thursday in the hopes of finding clues as to the whereabouts of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who isn’t a suspect in her parents’ deaths. He said Wednesday that investigators believe she’s alive but in danger and he urged the public to continue calling in tips.

The sheriff’s office posted on Facebook Thursday afternoon that so far “nothing of evidentiary value has been recovered.”

Deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found Jayme’s parents, James and Denise Closs, dead in their home in Barron, a rural community about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis.

FBI digital billboard partners will display the missing girl’s photo across the country in the near future, according to the FBI. 

Closs is described as 5 feet tall and 100 pounds with strawberry blonde hair and green eyes. 

Anyone with information of her whereabouts is asked to please contact the Wisconsin
Department of Justice Child Abduction Response Team tip line at 1-855-744-3879. They may also contact their local FBI office, or the nearest American Embassy or Consulate.

WSPA contributed to this report

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