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Cops Get 800 Tips in Search for Missing Teen

Sheriff believes Wisc.'s Jayme Closs is still alive, but so far nationwide search has turned up nothing
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 19, 2018 10:52 AM CDT
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(Newser) – "Every second counts" in the search for Jayme Closs, and authorities say they've so far received about 800 tips on the disappearance of the Wisconsin teen. The 5-foot-tall 13-year-old with strawberry-blond hair and green eyes was found to be missing early Monday when cops responded to a 911 call at her Barron home; her parents were found there shot to death. In addition to hundreds of tips being called in, USA Today notes that a team of 100 volunteers, recruited on Facebook by Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, has been scouring the area in a "routine search for articles of evidentiary value."

The hunt for Jayme—who Fitzgerald seems certain is still alive, per CNN—isn't just in Barron: CBS News and Newsweek report the FBI has expanded the search nationwide, with the agency placing Jayme on its top missing-persons list and blasting out a missing-persons poster "out of an abundance of caution" to media across the country. More than 100 local and state FBI agents are said to be helping to find her. "At the end of the day, I want a 13-year-old here safe and sound," Fitzgerald said Wednesday. "That's our goal. That's our only goal right now." (So far, not much has turned up.)

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