Missing girl was home when parents were killed: cops

Nationwide search continues for missing Wisconsin teen whose parents were killed

The call came from a cellphone inside the home, but the caller didn't communicate with the dispatcher, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a Tuesday news conference.

The sheriff called a meeting Wednesday evening with Barron County residents, but he barred reporters from attending, saying he wants to have a private dialogue with the people who elected him. The sheriff said there was no gun at the scene, and evidence from the scene and the 911 call indicated Jayme Closs was in the house.

A possible sighting of Jayme at a gas station in south Florida emerged early Tuesday - but Fitzgerald later called the tip "not credible" and urged the public to come forward with any new information, including regarding suspicious activity, that would lead to finding Jayme.

More than 100 local and state Federal Bureau of Investigation agents are working on the case, and officials say more than 400 tips have come in from the community and people around the country.

"Based on our investigation thus far, we believe Jayme was in the home at the time of the homicides and we believe she is in danger", he said.

Her disappearance and the tragic deaths of her parents are being felt throughout the Barron community.

"Our number one goal is to bring Jayme home, and no amount of information will be given out unless we feel it's appropriate to help", Sherriff Fitzgerald said on Tuesday.

The tragedy unfolded about 1 a.m. Monday with a cryptic 911 call to police.

Jayme was last seen on Sunday afternoon at a family gathering.

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In the three days since, dozens of investigators have tracked and dissected more than 400 tips but have yet to locate the girl, who local, state and federal law enforcement officials fear is in harm's way. "You know?" Downing said.

Fitzgerald said Jayme is described as sweet and shy.

Police say gunshots were involved in the parents' deaths, but they have yet to give more details on the situation. "She was a quiet girl".

"Is it a random attack or is it a targeted attack?"

Authorities have not released details about the deaths - including how the parents were killed or how long they had been dead.

The FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children are helping in the search.

While 82 percent of the Amber Alerts issued previous year identified a vehicle and 50 percent had specific license plate numbers, according to U.S. Department of Justice statistics, Closs' case offers neither of those clues.

Jayme Closs is 5 feet tall, weighs 100 pounds and has green eyes and blond or strawberry blond hair, the sheriff's department said. Additionally, he said people may have information and not even realize it.

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