Hunters Asked to Help in Search for Jayme Closs as Gun Deer Hunting Season Begins

January 11, 2019 06:35 AM

Wisconsin's nine-day gun deer hunting season began on Saturday and hunters are asked to be extra vigilant this year. 

More than 400,000 licenses have been sold for the season. Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald hopes the extra sets of eyes will give them a break in the investigation into 13-year-old Jayme Closs’ disappearance.


“They’re going to cover a lot of ground and a lot of people are going to be in the woods,” said Fitzgerald.

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The Wisconsin teenager has been missing since Oct. 15.

A spokesperson for the Wisconsin DNR told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS it gave hunting license vendors information about Jayme to pass along to hunters.

“Look at the property, look for anything suspicious or out of place, anything that's been moved,” said Fitzgerald. “Clothing, firearms, especially Jayme's size clothing is what we're really looking for, something that would show that she may have gone in the woods.”

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He said they’re looking for newer evidence, left within the past 15 days.

“If it’s covered in snow, or it’s covered with leaves, it's probably not part of this investigation,” said Fitzgerald.

Nearly a month ago, 2,000 volunteers combed Barron. About a week ago, a helicopter searched the area again from above.

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There still haven’t been any leads.

“Our hope is to bring Jayme home,” said Fitzgerald. “We just need to bring this little girl home.”

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