Volunteers Lend a Hand in Search for Jayme Closs

Katherine Johnson
Updated: October 24, 2018 12:59 AM

Two-thousand people met off Wisconsin Highway 25 Tuesday morning, all with one common goal:

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Finding anything that will help bring missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs home.

Law enforcement discovered her parents had died of apparent gunshot wounds in their Barron County home last week, but the teenager was missing.

Investigators believe Closs was at the home at the time of the shooting, but haven’t been able to locate her yet. And the Barron County Sheriff's Office believes she’s in danger.

They’ve so far eliminated 1,100 of the 1,300 leads they’ve received, and they’re looking for more leads to follow. They hope a search by volunteers Tuesday morning might turn something up.

That's a hope shared by the volunteers themselves.

“We have our own kids and we just want to help where we can,” said Andrea Cox, a mother who volunteered to help.

Arika Mueller of St. Cloud and her husband drove all the way to Barron to lend a hand.

“We have a daughter the same age as Jayme, so we figured if something happened to her, we’d want people to come and search,” she said.

Others taking part were community members who wanted to do their part.

“It’s tough when it hits close to home like that, so a bunch of people from work decided to come and help out,” searcher Rob Grivna said.

No one knew exactly what to expect as they prepared for a long day in the cold.

“A little bit of fear of what we may find,” volunteer searcher Preston Cox said. “It does worry us.”

“It’s pretty emotional for a lot of people," Grivna added. “We’ll do our best and see what we can find.”

Law enforcement instructed volunteers to report anything unusual, out of the ordinary or suspicious.

It marked the first search since investigators released two vehicles of interest in this case Monday. One is a red or orange Dodge Challenger. The second vehicle is either a black Ford Edge or a black Acura MDX.

Click below to watch KSTP-TV Chopper 5 video of the search on Tuesday

Meanwhile, according to their obituary, funeral services for Jayme's parents James and Denise Closs are scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Cameron, Wisconsin. Visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the church. A private family burial will follow at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, an account in the name of The Closs Family Benefit has been set up at Sterling Bank's locations in Barron, Chetek, Luck and Rice Lake.


Katherine Johnson

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