Ground Search Being Scaled Back for Missing Wisconsin Teen Jayme Closs

November 3, 2018 Updated: November 4, 2018

The ground search for missing Wisconsin 13-year-old Jayme Closs is being scaled back after authorities said they are transitioning from a reactive operation to a more deliberate approach.

“As of today, we have transitioned our Emergency Operations Center from a 24/7 reactive operation to a more deliberate and methodical effort to progress the investigation. This is based on a declining number of tips. However, we will continue to fully investigate those remaining tips and new information we receive going forward,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a Facebook post.

He said the search for Closs remains his office’s number one priority.

The office is receiving assistance from the FBI and Department of Criminal Investigations, and the team has followed up on over 2,100 tips that have come in.

‘There Is a Tip out There’

“Just because the posture of our operations center has transitioned, does not mean the tips should stop. We still have a team on-call, to handle them as they come in. Please continue to call in your tips—there is a tip out there that will help us solve this case and bring Jayme home,” Fitzgerald said.

Closs went missing on Oct. 15. Officers rushed to the home in Barron that morning around 1 a.m. after receiving a phone call. They found her parents shot to death but the girl had vanished.

The missing teen isn’t considered a suspect, officials said early on. They do believe she was inside the house when her parents were killed. The search for Closs was expanded nationwide on Oct. 19.

Fitzgerald said the investigators have probed social media platforms, phone records, and statements from a range of people including family members, friends, and co-workers. He thanked all the volunteers who assisted with the ground search and provided investigators with food.

volunteers search for closs
A group of volunteers searched the ditches along highway 8 near the home where 13-year-old Jayme Closs lived with her parents James, and Denise in Barron, Wisconsin on Oct. 18, 2018. (Jerry Holt /Star Tribune via AP)

Emotional Plea

The search transition came after an aunt of Jayme’s made an emotional plea for anyone with information to contact the authorities; she also reached out to her niece.

“Jayme, not a moment goes by that we’re not thinking of you and praying for you,” Jennifer Smith said during a press conference. “Your family and friends miss you so much. Your sparkling eyes, your bright smile, your soft little giggles.”

A $50,000 reward is being offered for information that leads to the missing teen.

Also recently, a man was arrested for allegedly burglarizing the home of Closs and stealing clothing.

From NTD News

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