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October 18, 2018

Despite more than 400 tips from across the country about the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, a Wisconsin sheriff said on Wednesday he had few solid leads about the whereabouts of the girl, whose parents were found fatally shot in their home this week. It's not clear what happened to the girl.

"Is it random or targeted?"

Closs was last seen at a family gathering Sunday (Oct. 14) afternoon.

Authorities on Wednesday (Oct. 17) ruled the deaths of the parents of a missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl as homicide, as the search for Jayme Closs, the missing girl, entered its third day.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said Wednesday that he believed Jayme Closs was in the room when James and Denise Closs were shot to death.

"We want to bring Jayme home". Every second does count that's why we do things like this [press conference] to get that information out to people, give them something to do and ask them to call in that tip.

Authorities identified Jayme's parents as James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46.

The missing teenager has been described as being approximately 5ft (1.5m) tall and 100lb (45kg) with green eyes and strawberry blonde hair.

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"We just hope so much she finds her way back, it's so sad", said David Smith, a substitute teacher for the Barron Area School District.

"We could hear yelling in the background on this 911 call", Fitzgerald, the sheriff, said Tuesday on NBC's "Today" show.

Two days have passed since Jayme Closs' parents were found dead and the 13-year-old girl vanished.

Fitzgerald says the 911 call that came in from the Closs home at 1 a.m. Monday was made from a cell phone.

Authorities have not released details about the deaths - including how the parents were killed or how long they had been dead.

Fitzgerald would not elaborate further on the autopsy stating that he had just received the report before the beginning of the press conference.

Barron County's Sheriff says there is no credible information from a possible sighting of a missing and endangered Wisconsin teen Jayme Closs in Florida. "That's why this operation is running 24/7", he said. They gathered Tuesday night at a vigil to pray for Jayme's safe return. "We've explained that time and again, that every behavioral change in someone is important", said Fitzgerald. "You know?" Downing said. A witness believed they saw her in a black Ford Explorer with a Wisconsin license plate of 160WER.

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