The mother of missing Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs was described as the ‘family angel’ by grieving relatives.
Denise Closs, 46, and her husband James Closs, 56, were shot and killed in their Barron, Wisconsin home on Monday in a double murder that has shocked the nation.
Their 13-year-old daughter Jayme Closs was at home at the time and has been missing ever since, landing her the top spot on the FBI’s kidnapped and missing persons list.
‘It’s a shock to the system,’ a family member said to
Denise was described as ‘the family’s angel…she would take vacation days if you needed help,’ the relative added.
Relatives have described 46-year-old Denise Closs (left) as a loving mother and ‘the family angel’. She and her husband were shot and killed on Monday in their Barron, Wisconsin home and their daughter Jayme Closs, 13, (right) has been missing ever since
A relative close to the family said that Denise was so kind ‘she would take vacation days if you needed help’. Denise Closs pictured above in an old photo
Family and investigators are clueless as to why the Wisconsin couple that worked at a turkey plant was targeted.
Denise called police moments before she was killed.
Cops arrived to the couple’s Barron home minutes after receiving a cryptic 911 call at 1am on Monday from Denise’s cell phone. Once they arrived at the home they found James and Denise fatally shot inside the home – but no trace of their daughter Jayme.
In that cryptic 911 call no one spoke to the dispatcher but a ‘lot of yelling’ and loud noises could be heard in the background. Police later traced the call log back to Denise.
On Friday deputies revealed the front door of the home was kicked in when they arrived and they found multiple spent rounds inside the home.
Investigators believe that the killer came to the home with the specific intention of abducting Jayme, an FBI source told
‘There is a report that someone allegedly knocked on the door and as the father went to answer it gunfire erupted through the door. That has not been confirmed yet as it’s an active investigation,’ the source said.
Denise and James Closs (above) were found shot dead, with Jayme missing, when deputies arrived at the home just minutes after Denise made a desperate final 911 call on Monday
The door of the home (above) was kicked in, and investigators believe that the father was shot first, and Denise killed after barricading herself in the bathroom and calling 911
The front door of the Closs home is seen on Wednesday. It appears to be covered with plywood and a blanket, and sources say it was kicked in during the home invasion
‘The mother appeared to have barricaded herself in the bathroom and called police,’ added the source.
It now appears that the dispatcher may have been hearing Denise’s panicked final moments as the killer stormed into the bathroom where she hiding.
Denise was a doting mother who often posted on Facebook sharing snaps of Jayme.
For Jayme’s birthday in July 2017 Denise shared a touching post for her daughter writing: ‘Happy Birthday to My Daughter Jayme Closs who is Growing up to be the Sweetest and most kind Hearted Girl…Love you to the Moon And Back..Hope you Have the Best Day Ever…’
Jayme responded saying: ‘Thank you for Awesome Birthday Mom …and Thank you Aunt Sue for Everything. love you all…’
The hunt for Jayme continues. Earlier in the week Miami police said a witness claimed to have possibly seen Jayme at a gas station in Miami, Florida, but it was later not considered a credible lead.
The FBI has moved Jayme to the top of its missing persons list and distributed this flyer to field offices and media partners across the country as the search for the girl goes nationwide
Jayme was first reported missing after officers were summoned to her home in Barron just before 1am on Monday; . The teen is not a suspect in the homicides
Some locals have speculated that Jayme might have had a boyfriend or met someone who took advantage of her and killed her parents. However neither authorities or family members have indicated that Jayme had some type of boyfriend.
‘It’s a tough pill to swallow. We’re not ruling anything out,’ the family member who described Denise said.
The Barron County Sherriff, Chris Fitzgerald, released a statement Friday urging anyone who knew the Closs family or had recently been with them to come forward.
‘We are seeking information about the victims Denise and James Closs. We are hopeful to learn more about the Closs family to help bring Jayme home. If you spent time with members of the Closs family recently or if you have ever had a misunderstanding with any members of the Closs family or know someone who has, please call the tip line,’ Fitzgerald wrote in an online post.
Jayme is described as 5ft and 100 pounds, with green eyes and blond or strawberry-blond hair
A group of volunteers searched the ditches along highway 8, in Barron, Wisconsin near the home where 13-year-old Jayme Closs lived with her parents James, and Denise
100 volunteers took park in the search and police say they have received 1000 tips
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said nothing of evidentiary value has been found in a ground search of field and forests near the home and the search was called off Friday. The search began on Thursday with 100 volunteers.
The police department has received hundreds of tips. Fitzgerald believes Jayme is alive and in danger.
The sheriff has so far declined to elaborate as to why investigators believe Jayme is not a runaway, saying that disclosing more information would compromise their investigation.
‘I’m telling you, Jayme is missing and endangered,’ Fitzgerald said. ‘We want to bring Jayme home and put that smile back in her family’s hands.’
‘Is it a random attack or a targeted attack? I don’t know that answer. That’s why those leads are so important,’ the sheriff continued.
Anyone with information about Jayme’s whereabouts is urged to call the Barron County Sheriff’s Office at 1-855-744-3879, or contact your local FBI office, American Embassy or Consulate.