Jayme Closs

With deer hunters in the fields and woods of Barron County over the Nov. 17-18, 2018, weekend, Barron County authorities were hoping someone might find evidence connected to the Oct. 15 apparent abduction of 13-year-old rural Barron resident Jayme Closs, and/or the murders of her parents, James and Denise Closs.

But, according to Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, nothing new was reported during the opening days of Wisconsin’s nine-day gun-deer season.

Authorities are renewing their call for hunters to be on the lookout for evidence (clothing, weapons, etc.) during the remainder of the hunting season, which ends at dusk next Sunday, Nov. 25.

Five days later, on Friday, Nov. 30, 2018, residents throughout northwestern Wisconsin will show their support for the Barron community with a special commemoration of Jayme and her parents throughout the Heart O’ North athletic conference.

According to the Ladysmith News, “conference (and) school officials are asking students, staff and community members to wear green to school and work, as well as evening events.

“The purpose of this gesture is to serve as a symbol of hope for the safe return of Jayme Closs,” the release added. “Thoughts and prayers are with the family, schools and the entire community.”

Heart O’ North communities requested to participate in the event include Barron, Bloomer, Chetek-Weyerhaeuser, Cumberland, Hayward, Ladysmith, Northwestern, and Spooner.

Fitzgerald said his department would do what it could to increase the visibility of the Heart O’ North tribute.

“We will probably help promote it just like we do with (Barron resident and national music contestant) Chris Kroeze,” Fitzgerald said Tuesday, Nov. 19.

“Chris has been a supporter in our hope to bring Jayme home.”