Investigators conducting more interviews in search for Jayme Closs

January 11, 2019 06:36 AM

The search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs has been ongoing for nearly a month and a half. There are still no credible leads in the case.

The investigative team has been scaled back to about 30 people, including members of the Barron County Sheriff’s Office, the FBI and the Wisconsin Division of Criminal Investigation. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS the team was reduced about a week and a half ago.

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On Tuesday, he said, the team held a conference call and decided to cast a wider net to try to find a lead.

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“We’re looking back a little farther in their social media and phone records,” said Fitzgerald. “We’re going back further, seeing who they called maybe 60 days ago to see if there's something that maybe triggered this a while ago. Obviously, we didn't find anything recently so we're looking a little wider now.”

He also told us they’re conducting more interviews.

“Our investigative team made that decision today--look a little wider, go back a little further,” said Fitzgerald. “They were re-interviewing some of the friends today of Denise and James [Closs] to see if there was something that maybe they recall now.”

At the FBI headquarters in Milwaukee, a team of video specialists is piecing together more than 80 pieces of surveillance footage.

Fitzgerald told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS he was expecting an update on that Tuesday but it wasn't finished. He said the video will become more valuable once they have a suspect.

If they get a credible lead, he said more state and federal resources will be available at a moments notice.

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Fitzgerald asks the community to keep calling in tips. They’re getting fewer than 25 per day.

“We hope to have it solved before we lose that momentum and that's our goal every day when we go to work,” he said. “Believe that Jayme will come home. That's what we’re running on now is belief and hope.”

Anyone with information is asked to contact the tip line at 1-855-744-3879 or send tip information via email to jaymetips@co.barron.wi.us.

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