Barron County Community Finds Comfort at Prayer Service to Honor the Closs Family

October 16, 2018 10:29 PM

The community of Barron County is dealing with devastating grief the only way folks know how.

By attending a prayer service Tuesday at St. Peter's Church, where the Closs family were members.


Townsfolk not only lost one, but two loved ones: 56-year-old Jim Closs and 46-year-old Denise Closs. Plus, they're dealing with disappearance of their daughter, 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Melissa Salmonson has known Jayme since she was in daycare. Salmonson helped organize the vigil. 

"Folks feel helpless, this is a way they can pray, it's something," she said.

Earlier in the day, Salmonson hand-crafted 300 ribbons to share with folks at the the vigil. As people passed through the church doors, they were given a blue and green ribbon and pinned it on their clothing. The colors were chosen because blue was Jayme's favorite color and green is the color representing Missing Child Awareness.

Salmonson said the location of the ribbons on people, above their hearts is as important as why they are wearing the ribbons.

"I know they won't bring Jayme back, but they offer hope," Salmonson said.

Earlier in the day, investigators stopped by Jayme's middle school, where she is in eighth-grade. Officers interviewed her friends and classmates hoping to develop leads.

Also, at a press briefing at the Barron County Sheriff's Department, Diane Tremblay, the School District Superintendent, shared a story to reflect the kind of gentle person Jayme was. 

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For a class assignment, a teacher asked students, "what would you do if you were given $1 million dollars?"

Jayme replied, "I would feed the hungry and give the rest to the poor," said Tremblay.

Investigators emphasized again Tuesday that Jayme is not a suspect in her parents murders and she is not a runaway. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said time is of the essence to find her, as he believes she is in danger. 


Beth McDonough

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