Police say a girl resembling a missing Wisconsin teen has been spotted at a gas station in Florida.
Authorities have been searching for 13-year-old Jayme Closs since early Monday when her parents were found dead in their home in Barron, in far western Wisconsin. They believe she is in danger.
Miami police say a witness reported seeing a girl fitting Jayme's description in a black Ford Explorer with two well-dressed, bearded men at a gas station Monday afternoon. Miami is about 1,700 miles south of Barron.
Deputies responding to a 911 call found the bodies of 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs around 1 a.m. Monday. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says gunshots were involved, but he stopped short of saying that's how they died.
An Amber Alert has been issued for the missing teen.
Investigators don't have any leads or suspects, but they have enlisted the help of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI, which has agents who specialize in missing children cases, the sheriff said. Jayme is not considered a suspect in her parents' deaths, according to Fitzgerald.
"At the end of the end of the day, I want a 13-year-old here safe and sound. That's our goal. That's our only goal right now," he said at a Monday news briefing.
Deputies searched the area around the family's home with drones and infrared equipment, but they didn't find any clues as to her whereabouts. Fitzgerald said investigators are frustrated they haven't developed any leads and asked for the public's help with any information about what could have happened to the girl.
“We’ve searched the area around the residence to make sure she didn’t just run outside [or] go into the woods,” Fitzgerald told WQOW News 18 in a filmed statement posted to Facebook on Monday afternoon. “We’ve used drones, we’ve used infrared … we searched the school, we’ve met with her friends, we’re working very closely with the Barron Riverview Middle School where she attends school — we have officers there today. We’re working with anybody that may have any bit of information.”
Jayme is described as 5-feet tall and 100 pounds, with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
[Photo: Barron County Sheriff’s Office]
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