Reported Sighting of Missing Wisconsin Teen Jayme Closs in Miami Not Credible, Police Say

Zachary Stieber
By Zachary Stieber
October 17, 2018US News

A reported sighting of missing Wisconsin teenager Jayme Closs at a Miami gas station turned out to not be credible and has been dismissed, officials said.

Over 200 tips have been received on a special tipline, officials said, but a tip from a witness in Florida who said they may have seen Jayme, 13, at a gas station in Miami with two Middle Eastern men, turned out to be not credible, according to Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald

“It’s not credible information,” Fitzgerald said at an Oct. 16 press conference. He said officials reviewed the surveillance video, adding: “We have no credible information about the Miami incident.”

The FBI has become involved and is providing agents from its Child Abduction Rapid Deployment team, said Justin Tolomeo, an FBI special agent involved in the investigation said.

In addition to the hundreds of tips, officials said over 30,000 people viewed the amber alert online.

Despite the tips, officials said they had no new information. Fitzgerald urged members of the public to alert officials if anyone they know was exhibiting strange behavior recently, even if they’re not sure if that person was involved in Jayme’s disappearance.

“We’re begging, asking, to talk about behavioral changes in people, people that you don’t really know that may have been involved in this crime, that’s what we need,” he said. “Jayme’s out there, we’re going to find her, and that’s our goal,” said Fitzgerald.

Parents Dead, Closs Gone

Jayme was not at her house when officers rushed over after receiving a 911 call around 1 a.m. on Oct. 15.

The officers found both her parents dead and issued an amber alert for Jayme.

James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, worked at the Jennie-O plant in Barron, Wisconsin.

The family lived in Barron.

Officials said they found gun casings strewn around the Closs home but have not been able to identify a suspect or suspects in the killing, and have also struggled to identify leads on the missing teenager. Jayme is not a suspect in her parent’s deaths, the sheriff said previously.

Fitzgerald has not confirmed a cause of death for Jayme’s parents, saying he wants to wait for the results of autopsies.

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