Missing girl of brutally murdered parents is finally found after 3 months of searching

Junie Sihlangu
Jan 11, 2019
02:34 P.M.

On October 15, Barron County police officers responded to a 911 call for help at the Closs home in Wisconsin. When they arrived they found James and Denise Closs dead from gunshot wounds.


On that same day, the parent’s 13-year-old daughter Jayme went missing. Now, three months later, the teenager has been found alive. ​​​​​

Jayme Closs was found on Thursday in the town of Gordon in Douglas County by the Douglas County Wisconsin Sheriff’s Department. The teenager was discovered at around 4:45 p.m.

For more on this story go to our Twitter account @amomama_usa. Jayme was found about 70 miles from where she was last seen last October.

The news of her discovery was shared on the same day at around 8.p.m. on Facebook by the Barron County Sheriff's Department. Authorities found the little girl after receiving a phoned-in tip-off.


The police also shared that a suspect was taken into custody; however, no further information was given. A press briefing was planned for Friday morning at 10.am.

Jayme vanished in October after her parents James, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found fatally shot at their home in Barron County. Autopsies on the Closs’ determined that they died of gunshot wounds and were murdered.


It was also believed that Jayme was inside the home when her parents were killed. Emergency call logs that were released days later indicated that Denise’s cell phone was the one used to call 911.

James answered the door and was the first to be fatally shot. In November, Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said:

“No one talked on that call and we don't know who made it. We heard voices but we can’t make out what was said. We do believe Jayme was home at the time the call was made.”


The sheriff stated that Jayme was” missing and endangered.” About two weeks after the teenager disappeared, Kyle Jaenke-Annis, 32, was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the Closs' home.

Reports revealed that he was found with two girl's tank tops, underwear, and a dress. However, Barron County officials cleared him of any involvement in the teenager’s disappearance.


Before she was found, Fitzgerald had insisted, "I have a gut feeling she's still alive. I've always been a glass-half-full kind of guy.” In their post, the County Department also thanked the public for their assistance in finding Jayme.

During the investigation, the police and FBI had released surveillance footage of two cars that were "seen in the area" of the Closs home at the time of the fatal shootings. The vehicles were a red or orange Dodge Challenger made between the years 2008 and 2014 and either a Black Ford Edge, made between 2006 and 2010 or a Black Acura MDX made between 2004 and 2010.

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