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'Something Triggered' New Search for Jayme Closs

Sheriff asks for 2K volunteers Tuesday
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 22, 2018 3:48 PM CDT
Barron County Sheriff's remained at the scene of the home where 13-year-old Jayme Closs lived with her parents James, and Denise Wednesday Oct. 17, 2018 in Barron, Wis. Investigators have been searching...   (Jerry Holt/Star Tribune via AP)
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(Newser) – Authorities on Monday called for 2,000 volunteers to help in a ground search for clues in the disappearance of a Wisconsin girl whose parents were gunned down in their home last week. After an initial ground search on Thursday in which 100 volunteers helped search for clues into 13-year-old Jayme Closs' disappearance, Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said such searches wouldn't resume unless investigators received a tip that justified them continuing. Fitzgerald told the AP on Monday that "something triggered" the decision to conduct another ground search that starts Tuesday, but he declined to elaborate. He said he didn't know the exact area of the search but said it would include the land around Jayme's home near Barron, a rural western Wisconsin city about 80 miles northeast of Minneapolis.

The sheriff's department received a 911 call from Jayme's mother's cellphone just before 1am on Oct. 15; no one spoke, but "a lot of yelling" was heard, ABC News reports. Responding deputies found someone had kicked in the door and that Jayme's parents had been shot to death inside. Jayme, who isn't a suspect in the killings, was missing. The sheriff's department, state Department of Justice, and FBI have been searching for Jayme since she vanished. Investigators have received more than 1,200 tips and have looked into more than 1,000 of them, according to the sheriff's department. The department posted a message on its Facebook page Monday asking for 2,000 volunteers to assist in the next ground search, which was scheduled to begin at 9am on Tuesday. Meanwhile, Jayme's classmates planned to hold a vigil for her Monday evening at the Barron High School football stadium. (The teen was home when her parents were killed.)


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