The search for missing 13-year-old Barron resident Jayme Closs has “transitioned … from a 24/7 reactive operation to a more deliberate and methodical effort,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a press release issued Thursday morning, Nov. 1, 2018.
The change comes after the number of tips flowing into the Sheriff’s Department went into decline, he added.
Jamye Closs disappeared from the home of her parents, Jim and Denise Closs, who were shot to death early Monday morning, Oct. 15, 2018, at their home on U.S. Hwy. 8, about two miles west of Barron.
“To date, we have received (more than) 2,100 tips and we follow up on every one of them,” Fitzgerald said. “Just because the posture of our operations center has transitioned, (it) does not mean the tips should stop. We still have a team on-call to handle (information as it) comes in.”
Since the girl’s disappearance, a team of some 200 local, state and federal investigators worked “around-the-clock, going over information from social media platforms, hone records, family, friends, coworkers and every other kind of tip that has come in,” the sheriff added.
“They have worked with passion, determination and resilience,” Fitzgerald said. “They were … able to do this (because of) overwhelming support from the community with tipsters, meals, (and) search volunteers (who) continue to keep our hope alive.
“We also want to thank the families of all the law enforcement personnel assigned to this case, as most of these hard working individuals have been home very little,” the sheriff said. “That family support means toe world to us and (to) this case.”
Fitzgerald encouraged people use the tip line at (855) 744-3879, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org