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The Latest: Barron County Sheriff says progress is being made in investigation

Barron County (WQOW) – It’s now day six since the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs and the murder of her parents, James and Denise Closs of Barron. Jayme is still nowhere to be found, but Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald updated the community on Saturday and said the investigation is progressing.

Sheriff Fitzgerald said investigators have received more than 1,000 tips and have thoroughly investigated 800 of them. Investigators are using every resource available and have conducted hundreds of interviews. Sheriff Fitzgerald also said law enforcement have conducted multiple searches. They are using technical and forensic resources to find Jayme and the person(s) who committed this crime.

The FBI said they are now expanding their search for Jayme nationwide.

Below is more information from the sheriff: 

I want to reiterate to the public that I am committed to releasing accurate, credible information in a timely fashion to the public. We know bringing Jayme home is your highest priority too. It’s important to understand that our investigation progresses, we are constantly learning new information that guides our progress. This can cause some confusion when the information comes from an outside source. I am the only source of credible information related to this investigation and I will update the public each day, just as I have since this investigation began.

Lastly, we want to send our heartfelt thanks to the citizens of Barron County for the outpouring of support and gratitude for those investigators working so hard to bring Jayme home. It’s been brought to my attention that we have received thank you cards from the community. I’ve directed those cards to be placed in the area that investigators pass through to grab food and pop when they have a few minutes in between covering leads, interviews, and analysis of an incredible amount of information. This way, I can ensure that those investigators working around the clock are sure to see them.

Every tip is important. The tip line is 1-855-744-3879.

Per Chris Fitzgerald, Barron County Sheriff

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