Staging area

Volunteers meet with law enforcement personnel at this field on the east side of Barron, Wis., at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 18, 2018. The field is next to the municipal cemetery (background) and served as a parking lot and staging area. Photo by Bob Zientara

An afternoon search of the roadside along Hwy. 8 has not turned up anything of "evidentiary value" said Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald in a press release on Thursday, Oct. 18.

The routine search was apart of a massive and ongoing investigation into the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs from her parents' residence early Monday morning, Oct. 15. Her parents, James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, were found dead in their residence, at 1268 Hwy. 8, from apparent gunshot wounds after an open-line 911 call was made from the home. No weapon was located.

Jayme was apparently at home at the time of the shooting, Fitzgerald said, but was gone when officers arrived at the scene.

Fitzgerald said Jayme is considered missing and endangered, meaning her life and well-being are at risk. The Barron County Sheriff's Department has been working with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies to find her and bring her home safely.

Jayme is described as 5-feet-tall, 100-pound, white juvenile female with blond or strawberry hair. 

"We ask the public’s help in continuing to provide tips at 1-855-744-3879," Fitzgerald said. "We have received over 800 tips since Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at our command center."

The routine search, starting at 2 p.m. on Thursday, involved around 100 volunteers from the area. Unfortunately, as of 4 p.m., nothing of investigative value had turned up.

Fitzgerald also said the Barron Area School District and Superintendent Diane Trembley were grateful for the support and assistance from law enforcement, businesses, families and the community. He also asked that the staffs' and students' privacy, and the privacy of the Closs family, be respected. 

Fitzgerald said updates and information would be posted as needed.

"Please follow our Barron County Sheriff’s Office Facebook page and FBI [Milwaukee] Twitter, [with the hashtag] #FindJayme for updates as this is the most up-to-date information as we know it, and continue to remain vigilant in reporting any tips you may have to law enforcement," Fitzgerald said.