Oct. 15: Barron County Sheriff’s Office receives a frantic 911 call at 1 a.m. asking for help at a home just outside Barron, Wis. When they arrive, they find the bodies of 56-year-old James Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs. Their daughter, 13-year-old Jayme, is gone. She was last seen on Oct. 14 at a family function. Jayme “is missing from the residence” and her life “is considered endangered,” Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says at a news conference later that day. An Amber Alert is issued. A tip from Miami is dismissed.
Oct. 18: About 100 volunteers trudge through brush and scour ditches along Hwy. 8 looking for clues but find nothing.
Oct. 22: A “gathering of hope” for Jayme draws dozens of people to a local high school football field. Earlier that day, authorities ask the public to look out for two cars seen in the area around the time she disappeared.
Oct. 23: About 1,500 volunteers cover a dozen square miles searching for clues in the second search for Jayme.
Oct. 24: Jayme’s family members break their silence at a news conference and deliver an emotional plea for her safe return. A $25,000 reward for information leading to Jayme’s whereabouts is announced.
Oct. 27: Hundreds of mourners attend a funeral service for James and Denise Closs in nearby Cameron, Wis.
Jan. 10, 2019: Closs is found alive in the town of Gordon, Wis., at 4:43 p.m. One minute later, a suspect is arrested.
Jan. 11, 2019: A 21-year-old man from rural Wisconsin was identified and jailed as the suspect who killed the parents of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and abducted the teen from the family's home near Barron nearly three months ago. Suspect Jake T. Patterson was arrested without resistance thanks to information the girl provided, said Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec during a news conference in Barron.