A desperate search is underway for a 13-year-old girl after her parents were found dead inside their family home.
Authorities went to the home in Barron, Wisconsin, after dispatchers received an emergency call from an unknown person on Monday afternoon.
Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said it was there they found the bodies of Jayme Closs’ parents.
He also said there had been gunshots, but he stopped short of saying that’s how the couple died.
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.
Sheriff Fitzgerald said investigators were frustrated they had not turned up any leads and asked for the public’s help with any information about what could have happened to the girl.
He said Jayme was not considered a suspect in her parents’ deaths.
Investigators do not have any leads or suspects, but they have enlisted the help of the National Centre for Missing and Exploited Children and the FBI, which has agents who specialise in missing children cases, the sheriff said.
“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,” Sheriff Fitzgerald said at a news briefing.
Officers also were at Jayme’s middle school talking with her friends and acquaintances, hoping to develop some leads, officials said.
Sheriff Fitzgerald said an amber alert had not been issued because no suspect had been identified in her disappearance.
She is described as 1.5 metres tall and about 45 kilograms, with strawberry-blonde hair and green eyes.