One Month After Jayme Closs' Disappearance, Community Says 'We're Not Giving Up'

January 11, 2019 06:35 AM

It’s been one month since 13-year-old Jayme Closs disappeared. Police found her parents dead from gunshot wounds inside the family's home in Barron County, Wisconsin on Oct. 15. Jayme was missing.

On Thursday, investigators said there are no leads in the case.


The community is holding out hope, praying she will be found safe.

“You get up every day and think about her,” said Karen Lee, the church services director at the First United Methodist Church in Barron. “It's just a very, very tragic event for our community.”

RELATED: Thursday Marks 1 Month Since Jayme Closs Reported Missing

Lee said that every Sunday for the past month, they've lit a candle for Jayme.

“It’s just so hard to think about that girl every day and we do everything we can to try and bring her home,” she said.

Lee is one of hundreds of people who have attended vigils and supported fundraisers.

On Thursday, she wore green along with students that go to Jayme’s school. The district asked the community to wear the color as a symbol of hope.

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

“I believe the community is just at a loss, everybody wants to help but there isn't much we can do but continue to pray,” said Lee. 

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald believes Jayme is alive.

"I want to bring Jayme home and that has been the goal of this department for the last 30 days," he said.

He said tips have slowed to about 25 per day, down from hundreds when the investigation started. They have received at least 2,100 tips.

RELATED: Barron County Sheriff Says No New Searches Scheduled in Closs Investigation

“It’s a very frustrating case,” said Fitzgerald. “There’s really not been any new evidence out there.”

A special team of national video experts now works out of the FBI headquarters in Milwaukee, piecing together more than 80 surveillance clips from as far as 30 or 40 miles out of Barron County. The team collected more footage last week.

They hope it will help them figure out whether it was a targeted attack.

“That’s the question we need to still determine, I believe it is but I don’t have any evidence to point us in that direction,” he said. 

It is taking time to analyze the video. Fitzgerald said they don’t have a suspect so they don’t know who they’re looking for.

“We look at different things on the video, someone that might seem nervous or hiding their identity,” he said.

The DNR is printing Jayme’s information on hunting licenses printed this week.

Fitzgerald wants hunters to call police if they find “someone was on the property, dug a hole, left clothing behind, a backpack, kids clothing, a gun.”

The community is praying for Jayme’s safe return.

“Keep that hope alive,” said Lee. “We're not giving up, our community will never give up.”

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