A Barron man whose home is close to the scene of a double murder and abduction on Oct. 15, 2018, has been charged with possession of methamphetamine in Barron County Circuit Court.
An Oct. 31 complaint identifies the defendant as Bradley S. Church, 51, 1215 U.S. Hwy. 8, Barron. The defendant’s home is across the highway and just west of the home where rural Barron residents Jim and Denise Closs were shot to death Oct. 15, and their 13-year-old daughter, Jayme, was abducted, launching a nationwide search.
Jayme Closs remains missing and unaccounted for, as of Nov. 7.
The case was mentioned in an Oct. 17 press release issued by the Barron County Sheriff’s Department. The release indicated that the probe into the shootings had also resulted in the discovery of “major criminal activity” in the town of Barron.
The press release did not specify any confirmed or suspected connection between the “criminal activity” and the Oct. 15 crimes.
The Oct. 31 complaint said Church was arrested Oct. 17 after a warrant was obtained by a Special Agent for the Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation.
Two DCI agents had spoken with the defendant a day after the shootings. During the course of the conversation, “methamphetamine was observed at (the defendant’s) residence and he made admissions to the use of meth” about two months before the agents contacted him.
A sheriff’s detective accompanied two DCI agents to the defendant’s home when the warrant was executed Oct. 17. In the course of the search, investigators allegedly found two plastic bags with meth residue, three glass meth pipes and a small bag of marijuana.