Jayme Closs disappearance: A timeline of events

BARRON – Residents across Wisconsin are anxiously waiting for news of a 13-year-old girl who disappeared Monday from this small western Wisconsin community.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald spoke at a press conference Tuesday, updating the investigation into the disappearance of Jayme Closs and the death of her parents, James and Denise Closs.

RELATED: Barron residents in disbelief as search continues for missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs

Below is a timeline of the events we currently know about:


12:58 a.m.: Barron County Sheriff’s Department receives a 911 call from 1268 U.S. 8, a residence just outside Barron. According to Fitzgerald, the dispatcher was not able to make contact with the caller on the line.

  • Deputies respond to the home and find two adults dead inside. A 13-year-old girl, Jayme Closs, is presumed missing.
  • Investigators from Barron County, the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation, the FBI and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children show up to help at the scene.
  • Fitzgerald announces that the Closs home was searched by drone and infrared camera with no signs of Jayme. Investigators also go to Jayme’s school in Barron to interview teachers and classmates for potential information.
  • Descriptions and photos of Jayme are given around town to be sure no one has seen her.

RELATED: Reports out of Florida say missing teen may have been spotted

3:30 p.m.: A nationwide Amber Alert is sent out for Jayme Closs. She is described as 5-feet-tall, 100 pounds with blonde or strawberry blonde hair.

6 p.m.: An updated press release from the sheriff’s department identifies the deceased parents as 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs. The two were identified as husband and wife.

11 p.m.: The Miami Police Department posts on their Twitter page about a tip they received earlier Monday afternoon.

  • Individual who gave the tip believes they saw Jayme Closs at a gas station Monday afternoon riding in the back of a black Ford Explorer with a Wisconsin license plate of I60-WER.
  • Police were told two-well dressed men with beards were inside the vehicle. These men were reportedly in their 30s and between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9 and 200 to 250 pounds.


11 a.m.: Fitzgerald holds another press conference with FBI agents and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation to update media on the investigation.

  • Fitzgerald says tips have continued to come in and investigators have continued to investigate; however, there are currently no suspects.
  • Residents of Barron and neighboring communities are asked to be on the lookout and think about if anyone they know has been acting in differently, missing work or school, missing appointments, changing behaviors or wanting to skip town. And if so, to notify the sheriff’s office.
  • The sheriff explains the 911 call Monday morning, saying it was made from a cellphone. He said dispatchers weren’t able to make contact with anyone on the line, but it was apparent a disturbance was going on.
  • The FBI is and continues to monitor Jayme’s social media accounts for any leads.
  • Investigators have returned to the home to take a second look at the crime scene to make sure nothing was missed.
  • Fitzgerald says he isn’t discounting the tip to Miami police, but any important information regarding the case will go through him.
  • Any tips or information should be sent to a tip line at 855-744-3879.

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