Former Minneapolis Homicide Investigator Offers Insight Into Search for Barron County Teen

January 11, 2019 06:23 AM

Investigators in Barron County have released few pieces of information related to their search for missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

But Mike Martin, a former homicide investigator for the Minneapolis Police Department, suspects Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald and others know more than they're letting on.


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"I've been very impressed with how they've been able to keep information close to the vest in this case," Martin said. "I guarantee you they know things they haven't released."

Martin has no direct connection to the case, but he has been following developments.

He said investigators in Barron County may begin to become more candid, especially as more and more time passes.

"The longer it goes on without Jayme being located, the more pressure there is to release other information that may be helpful in spurring the memories of people in the community," he said.

Martin said it's likely investigators are scouring the family's cell phone records and computers, trying to glean any information that could be helpful. 

He believes detectives are looking for digital evidence away from the Closs home as well.

"Is there a cell phone that was in the area that's not normally in the area," he said. "There's a lot they can do in today's day and age."

Martin contends that the more investigators begin to rule things out, the more they might have to rule in the possibility that the person or persons responsible have no connection to the Closs family whatsoever.

"If you asked me on the first day this occurred, I would have said those odds are very low," Martin said of the chances a complete stranger abducted Jayme. 

"Unfortunately, those odds are getting greater as they eliminate other possibilities."

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