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Missing Teen Jayme Closs' Dad Was Shot In Doorway Of Family Home, Neighbor Claims

Jayme Closs Dad Shot In Doorway Of Home
Source: Barron County Sheriff’s Department

Oct. 20 2018, Updated 5:40 p.m. ET

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Missing teen Jayme Closs' father was shot and killed in the doorway of the Wisconsin family's home, a neighbor told exclusively.

Joan Smrekar told she heard the tragic detail about James, 56, from police who have visited her home multiple times since the shocking murder and suspected kidnapping on Monday, October 15.

Around 12:30 that night, Smrekar said she and her husband heard loud gunshots.

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"We didn't see anything at the time. We just heard shots," she told in an exclusive interview." There was one after the other, and I said to my husband, 'Are those gunshots?'

And he said, 'Yes, it's a big gun, too."

"We live in a rural area and we sometimes hear people shooting. I thought it was just a neighbor shooting a bear. We didn't know until the next morning, when the sheriffs came and said the neighbors have been shot."


"One thing I am aware of is that the shots were so loud because James was shot in the doorway."

Smrekar added that she didn't call police at the time because she "didn't think anything of it," but now feels 'terrible' for not alerting authorities.

As previously reported, cops believe 13-year-old Jayme was kidnapped after her parents James and Denise, 46, were murdered in cold blood in their own home.

The FBI is now involved in the frantic search to find the teen.

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