Barron Community Excited to Welcome Jayme Home

Taylor Holt
Updated: January 11, 2019 06:30 PM

It's the outcome everybody wanted and especially in her hometown of Barron, the community is ready to welcome Jayme Closs home. 

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"For 88 days, I have stood before you and said, we will work tirelessly to being Jayme Closs home. Today, I can report we have done just that," said Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald at a 10 a.m. press conference Friday.

Fitzgerald said from the beginning, it was a team effort between numerous law enforcement agencies and the community. They combed through more than 3,500 tips, but ultimately it was Jayme herself who was the tip.

"The individual who was walking her dog said she was approached by a young female, who said she was Jayme Closs," said Douglas County Sheriff Tom Dalbec.
Throughout Jayme's hometown Friday, people could see and hear just how much she was loved and missed. There were signs that read, "Welcome Home Jayme" and "Hope Happened Here at a local church. 

At the Seasons Cafe a block down, the owner there says Jayme's escape was all people were talking about.

"This morning has just been a buzz, and the atmosphere, how happy everybody is because of people finding her that's all it has been this morning," said Owner, Dana Trott. "I am ecstatic, happy for family and happy for her. There are a lot of emotions I can't put into words."

On that same block, there is a local hair shop. The owner there knew Jayme and her family. 

"They went to the same church as I did, and it's just amazing. She (Jayme) was very shy girl but very sweet and they are just a wonderful family. They would do anything to help anybody," said Kimberly Cook, Owner at His and Her Hair Studio. "It's absolutely amazing, it really is. She save herself."

An employee at the studio, Sue Donica described the moments after she heard the good news.

"I was happy as can be. I couldn't not believe. It's beautiful. This is a small town so we all stick together," said Donica.

It's a town so close knit that less than a half-mile from there is Riverview Middle School where Jayme is a student, and where green ribbons still hang on the trees there for her.

Friday as the District's Superintendent, Diane Tremblay, addressed questions from media she shared a special message for Jayme.

"One last question that's been asked that I want to address is, 'Will our District be holding a celebration or ceremony in the community of any sort? ' All I can say at this time is, you better believe it. Jayme we missed you and we are grateful you are home."

When asked how Jayme was able to escape by herself? Fitzgerald said, "It was the gift of a will to survive." 

A tipline for recovery and help has also been set up. People can call 211 or go to the Barron County Facebook page. 


Taylor Holt

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