January 11, 2019 06:38 AM
That is how long it's been since relatives have seen Jayme Closs. As the teenager's disappearance nears the three-month mark, loved ones want to make sure they do what they can to keep attention on the 13-year-old.
Sunday, Jennifer Naiberg Smith, Closs' aunt, said even though it's difficult to talk about her missing niece she is doing so regardless because she "wants to keep awareness out there" and "keep her face out there."
At Smith's home in Barron County, pictures of Jayme along with her parents, James and Denise, are everywhere you look. Denise is Smith's sister. And Jayme is more of a daughter than a niece to Smith, who helped raise Jayme and take care of her during daycare. Smith showed a pile of large posters, green ribbon stickers, car magnets and signs the family hands out to anyone who will display them, varying from businesses to citizens.
Smith also said the family raised enough money to create and install a dozen billboards up on a number of highways in Wisconsin, including Highway 8, the main drag through town, along with Highway 29, I-35 and I-94.
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"I don't get tired of seeing her pictures. The more people who see them, see the tip line, the better and hopefully we get somebody who notices something," Smith said.
Smith stays in daily contact with other relatives, none of whom thought Jayme would still be missing for nearly three months. Smith said the holidays were filled with both grief and gifts. She hung a stocking on the fireplace with Jayme's name on it, put her presents under the Christmas tree and dressed her dog, Molly, in a green sweater. All of this in the hope Jayme would be back where she belongs- at home with family.
Monday, the Barron County sheriff is expected to meet with the Wisconsin Department of Criminal Investigation and FBI to determine how the search effort should move forward.
Updated: January 11, 2019 06:38 AM
Created: January 06, 2019 09:25 PM
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