UPDATE: Community gathering held in Barron for Jayme Closs

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BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- Hope is a word many in Barron County are clinging to – including Bud Moe.

He lives in Barron, but didn't know 13-year-old Jayme Closs. Still, he's holding on to the belief she's somewhere still alive.

"It took a while to sink in that this kind of stuff can happen in right under our noses," Moe said Monday. "I hope and I pray she is certainly do I'm not going to believe anything else until I know different

That hope was boosted with news Monday of two vehicles of interest in the case.

One vehicle is a 2008-2014 red or orange Dodge Challenger. The other is either a 2006-2010 black Ford Edge or a 2004-2010 black Acura MDX. They were seen in the area where James and Denise Closs were killed and their daughter Jayme was reported missing.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald appealed to those in the immediate area to be alert for who's driving what and that they don't know what tip could be the one to bring Jayme home.

"For the community this is a good time now that we have vehicles of interest to look for changes in behavior or routines of people,” he said. “We have the two cars described, either they don't drive them anymore, they change their routine on what they drive or where they drive."

This was a slice of news the community hung to as the eighth day of the case came to a close, with a Celebration of Hope at the Barron High School football field.

With moonlit skies above, the community knew another round of searching and investigating would begin in a matter of hours – keeping hope alive.

"I think hope is probably the most important thing,” Barron Area School District Administrator Diane Tremblay said Monday. “We have to let go of what we can't control of. We can control if we have hope. So, we have hope and we're going to bring Jayme home.”


BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- During a news conference Monday afternoon, Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald announced investigators now have two vehicles of interest that may be connected to the homicides of Denise and James Closs and the disappearance of Jayme Closs.

The sheriff described the first vehicle as a 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger in red or orange, and the second vehicle as either a 2006-2010 Black Ford Edge OR a 2004-2010 Black Acura MDX. Deputies do not have license plate numbers for these vehicles. The Sheriff says they identified these vehicles from surveillance video taken from nearby homes and businesses.

The Sheriff says if you see Jayme Closs, call 911 immediately. If you see any of these vehicles, call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879 or email jaymetips@co.barron.wi.us.

The Sheriff says investigators have received 1300 tips nationwide on the case, and have closed 1100 of those.



BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) --The Barron County Sheriff's Office is planning another news conference to update the public on the Jayme Closs case.

To watch it when it airs live (scheduled to start at 4 p.m.) click here.



BARRON, Wis. (WEAU) -- The Barron County Sheriff’s Office is asking for 2,000 volunteers to help find 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said in a news release on Monday they are looking for help on Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. Volunteers are asked to meet no later than 9 a.m. at the Hungry Hollow Grounds at 1883 Hwy 25, Barron Wi.

All volunteers must be registered at the staging area in order to participate in the search. Barron County officials will register all volunteers until 9:00 a.m.; gates will close promptly at that time. The sheriff hopes to be completed with searching at 4 p.m. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and present a picture form of identification. Volunteers must be able to walk on uneven terrain. Proper footwear (boots required) and cold weather clothing are required and may become dirty or stained.

Fitzgerald says volunteers will be asked to help conducting an expanded routine search for articles of evidentiary value that may be related to the incident.