Twelve days after they were found shot to death in their home in Barron, Wis., the parents of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs were remembered Saturday at services in nearby Cameron.
Hundreds of mourners poured into St. Peter Catholic Church for the 11 a.m. visitation and 1 p.m. funeral for James and Denise Closs.
Both spent their lives in this corner of northwestern Wisconsin, where family roots run deep in all the local towns.
James Closs, 56, was a high school basketball star for the Ladysmith Lumberjacks, leading them to a second-place finish in the Wisconsin state basketball tournament in 1981.
Denise Closs, 46, grew up in nearby Cornell. She taught religious education classes at several Catholic churches in the area. Loved ones remembered her as a gentle soul who grew flowers, fed birds and helped everyone, any way she could.
Missy Ruffin of Rice Lake worked with them both at the Jennie-O turkey plant in Barron for more than 20 years. She was especially close to James Closs, with whom she worked “eight hours a day, five days a week for 15 years.”
A man has been arrested for breaking into the Wisconsin home of missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs and stealing her underwear because he wanted to know what size she was two weeks after she vanished and her parents were shot dead.
Kyle Jaenke-Annis, 32, was found inside the family's home on Saturday morning at 2.30am, hours before Jayme's parents James and Denise were buried.
He has been cleared of having any role in Jayme's disappearance or her parents death and is accused of breaking into the home after the case made national news.
James and Denise were found dead on October 15. They had been shot dead inside their home.
Jayme is still missing and is not considered a suspect. Police say she has been abducted and is in danger.
The new ground search for Jayme Closs comes several days after an effort with 100 volunteers turned up nothing. Jayme has been missing since Oct. 15, when deputies responding to a 911 call found that someone had broken into the family's home in Barron and gunned down James and Denise Closs.
Authorities believe Jayme was abducted and have ruled her out as a suspect in her parents' deaths.
A long line of vehicles streamed into a staging area near Barron on Tuesday morning as volunteers gathered to begin the search for clues.
The reward for bringing back a missing Wisconsin girl doubled Friday as a grieving community said goodbye to her parents, ABC News reports. The reward for helping find 13-year-old Jayme Closs rose to $50,000 from $25,000 with the help of Jennie-O Turkey Store, a company where Jayme's parents, James and Denise Closs, had worked. They were shot dead at home in Barron, Wisconsin, on Oct. 15, the day Jayme went missing. Hundreds of people turned out for a joint funeral service Saturday for James, 56, and Denise, 46, the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports.
"I just hope they're at peace," said a gasping Missy Ruffin, who had worked with the Closses at a Jennie-O turkey plant. "They didn't hurt nobody. They didn’t bother nobody. Why?" That's the question police remain unable to answer, despite receiving hundreds of tips and conducting searches with masses of volunteers. "I don’t know why this took place,” says Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald. "The extended family continues to struggle. I can't imagine what the family is going through, laying two to rest and still one to bring home." But he says his department and other police agencies are still seeking answers: "Everybody wants to bring Jayme home." (Authorities believe Jayme is still alive.)