'We'll never give up': Family members share message for Jayme Closs as search enters 3rd month

January 11, 2019 06:37 AM

A balloon release marked two months since a 13-year-old girl from western Wisconsin vanished without a trace. Her parents, Denise and James, were found dead from gunshot wounds in their Barron home on Oct. 15, with Jayme missing.

There still hasn't been a credible sighting of Jayme. The Barron County Sheriff’s Office told 5 EYEWITNESS NEWS they don’t know who the target was and they haven’t identified a suspect.


Her family is holding out hope Jayme will be found.

“We'll never give up,” said Robert Naiberg, her grandfather. “I wish every day that whoever has you will just let go or drop you off, even at Grandpa's house. Somewhere safe so I can pick you up.”

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He’s been waiting and hoping for two months.

“I just beg anyone who has any information please, please come forward,” he said. “I need my sweet granddaughter Jayme back."

Family members and friends tied the 13-year-old's picture to balloons, also including the tip line.

“Hoping that someone will find that magic one and we get that one tip we need to bring Jayme home,” said Jennifer Smith, her aunt.

Many people wrote messages they hope Jayme will see.

“We will fight to get you home, don't give up,” said Jennifer Halvorson, of Rice Lake. ”Keep trying, be strong.”

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She joined Kristan Kanutson, also of Rice Lake, at the balloon release to support Jayme’s family on Saturday.

“They're not going to be in this alone for the long haul,” said Kanutson. “We're always going to be there supporting them.”

As the days go by, there are fewer tips. Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said they receive less than 20 a day. When the search started, there were hundreds.

“It’s been hard,” said Smith. “We stayed together as a family and the support of Barron and the surrounding communities, all over the state of Wisconsin and farther, that's what keeps us together.”

Smith told us they're trying to keep Jayme in the public eye. They've made magnets for cars, bracelets and key chains. They can be ordered on Facebook.

TIMELINE: Jayme Closs disappearance

Smith said they won’t stop until Jayme makes it back.

“We love you and miss you so much, we just want you home,” she said.

Fitzgerald said there are at least four DCI and FBI investigators in Barron working on her case every day. There are also teams in Milwaukee, Minneapolis and Virginia analyzing evidence.

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