New Video Surveillance Search Expanded, Electronic Device Detecting K-9 Used in Jayme Closs Search

January 11, 2019 06:34 AM

Thursday will be one month since 13-year-old Jayme Closs disappeared from her Barron, Wisconsin home and her parents, Jim and Denise, were found murdered.

As the investigation continues, a more complete timeline has emerged in the Western Wisconsin mystery.


"I know this whole area is in shock because never has the family fathomed they would deal with something like this, but this community hasn't either," acknowledged Steve Naiberg. He is Jayme's uncle, Denise Closs' brother and brother-in-law to Jim Closs.

TIMELINE: Jayme Closs Disappearance 

Tuesday, Naiberg said the whereabouts and safety of his niece are in question.

"Something's got to give, there has to be something left somewhere," he said.

The all-out effort to find that something started right after the 911 call Monday, Oct. 15. A Barron County Dispatch record showed after a cryptic 911 call from Denise's cell phone ended abruptly, a dispatcher tried to call the landline at the family's home, but it was disconnected.

When Barron County deputies arrived four minutes later, they found the door appeared to have been kicked in and a male who answered the door, was down. There were multiple spent rounds nearby. As authorities made their way farther into the home, they came across a second person down. 

At that time, deputies didn't know if anyone else lived there. They contacted a school liaison officer who said the Closs' had a daughter.  That's when investigators realized the 13-year-old eighth-grader was missing.

The dispatch record showed reinforcements were immediately called: a command post was set up, a search team, drone and forensic mapping went to work. The FBI was called in and security at the nearby St. Croix Casino notified. A statewide alert was put out. 

Hours later, a nationwide Amber Alert was made.

"Words will never describe what was taken from us," said Naiberg.

The dispatch record indicates Jayme was abducted and the suspect was unknown and at large. As more time passes, Jayme's uncle wants to do his part to make others aware of what happened to his family.

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"We need to find some closure about why my sister and brother-in-law left us the way they did and where is my niece?" he wondered.

On Monday, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald confirmed a new team from the FBI is heading to Barron to expand the video surveillance search. It will be along Highway 8 from Barron to Turtle Lake. Also, a K-9 trained to sniff out chemicals from concealed electronic devices has been utilized. DNA testing has been done on dozens of people as a process of elimination. Jayme's cell phone was found in the home, plugged in in the kitchen and apps on it are being analyzed. Sheriff Fitzgerald also confirmed undisclosed properties have been searched-- a chair, mattress and front door are among some of the items seized as evidence.  

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The FBI also brought in a special unit, the Behavioral Analysis Unit to create a suspect profile, but has not pieced one together at this time. 

Thursday, folks in town are being encouraged to wear green to school, work or display on homes, businesses and cars. 

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Beth McDonough

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