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Missing girl's parents deaths ruled a homicideSubmitted: 10/18/2018
MADISON - There are still no leads for police in their effort to find 13-year-old girl Jayme Closs.

Thursday, police revealed the autopsy from the Barron County medical examiner and ruled the deaths of parents James and Denise Closs as a homicide.

One hundred volunteers scoured the area for pieces of evidence that can provide clues to the girl's disappearance and her parents' death.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says despite multiple searches of the property and more than 400 tips they still do not have credible sightings of the 13-year-old and there are no suspects in the murder of her parents.

Fitzgerald has said Jayme is not a suspect and pleaded with the public for any tips on her whereabouts.


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BARRON - Update:

Authorities say a Wisconsin teenager who has been missing since her parents were found dead in their home isn't a runaway and that they think she's in danger.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said during a media briefing Tuesday that he can't reveal why authorities believe 13-year-old Jayme Closs is in danger because it could compromise the investigation. But he repeated his plea for the public's help in finding her.

Deputies responding to a 911 call found the bodies of 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs at around 1 a.m. Monday in their home in the western Wisconsin town of Barron. No cause of death has been released but authorities said gunshots had been fired.

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