Sheriff Calls for 100 Volunteers to Help in Jayme Closs Search; Therapists, Comfort Dogs Sent to Barron County Schools

January 11, 2019 06:23 AM

The Barron County Sheriff's Office Thursday asked for 100 volunteers to help in the search of 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

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Authorities have been searching for Closs since early Monday when a 911 call led to the discovery of her parents' bodies. They were identified as 46-year-old Denise Closs and 56-year-old James Closs.

On its Facebook page Thursday afternoon, the sheriff's office reported that thus far "nothing of evidentiary value has been recovered."

The FBI is also involved in the search. And Kloss's picture is now on the FBI's website on the kidnapping/missing persons page.

In the days following her disappearance,  therapists, school resource officers and comfort dogs have responded to the Barron School District, according to a statement from the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety. 

According to the DOJ, the therapist, school resource officer and comfort dogs are being provided by the Wausau Police Department. 

"There comes a time in every community when help is needed; we have certainly experienced that need for help," Wausau Police Chief Ben Bliven said in a statement. "We are proud to offer support in the form of our outstanding employees for those in Barron County struggling with the trauma of recent events. Our thoughts and prayers are extended to the Barron County community and we pray for the safe return of Jayme Closs."

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Along with the resources from the Wausau Police Department, Wisconsin Safe and Health Schools will provide emergency training for school staff and counselors. 

The statement said the services will be funded through an emergency grant from the DOJ. 

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