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Barron County (WQOW) – It is day five in the search for missing Barron County teen Jayme Closs, and now the sheriff has a plea for the public: Watch out for anything that seems unusual.

Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said more than 1,000 tips have now come in. He is encouraging everyone to keep them tips coming by calling 1-855-744-3879, or emailing a new address set up –

Fitzgerald said hundreds of people have been interviewed and his department is following up on tips from the public.

Below is information from the sheriff: 

People may act differently shortly after committing a violent act. You may have observed such behaviors and not realized it at the time. We are asking you to think back to earlier this week and let us know if you’ve noticed any of the following:

Changes in Routine:

  • They will miss work. The absence will be sudden and unplanned. They may either be a “no show” or they may offer a reasonable excuse such as illness, death in the family, car trouble, etc.
  • They may miss scheduled appointments. These appointments or commitments may include medical appointments, a regular responsibility to a friend or family member, like caring for an elderly
  • They may suddenly leave town, either with no explanation or with some reasonable explanation.

Changes in Normal Behavior:

  • There may be changes in their usual consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. This could be an increase or a decrease in drinking or drug use.
  • They may make a change in how they look or make it difficult to identify them, such as changing the look of their vehicle or selling or getting rid of their vehicle.
  • They may pay too much or too little attention to the progress of this investigation that seems out of the ordinary. They may try to find new information about the investigation or, they may quickly turn off the
    news and social media or try to redirect conversations about the victims or their families.
  • They may be anxious, nervous, or irritable. They may withdraw from normal activities.

The Sheriff is also looking for information about the victims Denise and James Closs. His department is hoping to learn more about the Closs family to help with the investigation and to bring Jayme home.

If you spent time with members of the Closs family recently, or if you have ever had a misunderstanding with members of the Closs family, or know someone who has, you are asked to call the tipline

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