BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- An AMBER Alert is issued for a missing teenage girl after her parents were found dead inside their Barron home.
Jayme Closs, 13, missing from western Wisconsin after her parents were found dead.
Officials in Barron County say autopsies have been scheduled for James Close, 56, and Denise Close, 46. The two were found dead inside their home early Monday morning. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says while the death investigation continues, the main focus at this time is locating 13 year-old Jayme Closs, the couple’s teenage daughter.
Sheriff Fitzgerald says a 911 call came in around 1A.M. The call came from a cell phone inside the residence but it’s not known who made the call. “We could hear yelling in the background on this 911 call, not much information," said Fitzgerald.
He says the call lasted less than a minute and the only word that can be understood is “help”.
"Deputies arrived at that address a short time after the call ended to find no one around on the outside,” Sheriff Fitzgerald says as deputies approached the house, they saw the front door was open and there was a deceased male in that front door way. Officers later found a deceased female while searching the rest of the home.
Both James and Denise Closs were employees at Jennie-O in Barron. The couple lived at the home with their daughter Jayme, who is now missing and considered endangered. Officials say she is not a suspect in the death investigation at this time. "We don't know what happened. This was a gunshot crime scene," said Fitzgerald.
A neighbor says she and her husband heard gunshots around 12:30am. "Very loud shots, big gun and didn't think anything of it,” said Joan Smrekar. She says she didn’t think to call police, assuming the shots were someone shooting at an animal. "There's deer, there's bear, you name it out here so no it didn't really bother us to hear shots. It’s just something that we hear and with hunting season coming…," she said.
Investigators are working on analyzing the 911 call to hopefully learn more but finding Jayme remains the priority. "We're working with the Barron School District on this case,” said Fitzgerald.
The Department of Criminal Investigation and FBI are assisting with the case. Neighbors say the incident is alarming. Sheriff Fitzgerald says a cause of death could be released as soon as Tuesday after autopsies are complete.
The AMBER Alert for Jayme Closs is still active. She’s five feet tall, 100 pounds, has green eyes, and blond or strawberry colored hair.
Officials are asking anyone with information to call the 24-hour tip line at 855-744-3879.