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Demolished Closs family home could mean fresh start for Barron

Barron (WQOW) – On October 15, 2018 a normal family home just outside of Barron turned into a crime scene.

Jim and Denise Closs were murdered at the house that once stood on what is now a dirt lot. Their daughter Jayme was kidnapped and kept in her attacker’s home for nearly three months.

Now the home is demolished, taking with it some of the painful memories that were held there.

“I do think it’s a good thing,” said Barron business owner Michele Miller. “I think it’s a clean slate and I don’t think anyone would want to purchase that house knowing the tragedy that happened there.”

“It’s a closure,” said another Barron resident, Tina McManus. “It’s a closure for a lot of people that had to drive by.”

Hopefully it is also some closure for Jayme herself who wrote in a letter read in court that she did not even want to see her home because it reminded her of that night.

“Not having to see that every time she drives by on Highway 8,” said Miller. “You know, we’re not a very big town so any time you’re going to go that way, you’re going to look that way.”

Some believe that something new should be built. Somewhere better memories can be made.

“It has potential,” said McManus. “It’s relative. You know, build a big house there in the woods. I can see that.”

“A new home,” said Miller. “Open it to the public and let people come and see how bad things can turn into good things sometimes.”

So far there is no official word on what will happen to the lot.

Mary Pautsch

Mary came to News 18 in July 2019 from Sioux City, Iowa where she graduated from Morningside College with a BA in Spanish after attending Iowa State University for 3 years.

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