2,000 volunteers needed for massive search effort in Jayme Closs case

The Barron County Sheriff's Office put out an appeal on Monday morning.
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Authorities in Barron County, Wisconsin, are looking for 2,000 volunteers to help with a massive planned search on Tuesday, looking for clues in the disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs.

The Barron County Sheriff's Office and 100 volunteers scoured a 13-mile area of land west of Jayme's home last week, but now are planning an expanded search between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Tuesday.

For that, Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says they need 2,000 able-bodied volunteers, who are told to meet at the staging area at 1883 Hwy. 25, which is about 6 miles north of Barron and the Closs home.

They will be looking for "articles of evidentiary value that may be related" to the homicides of Jayme's parents and the apparent abduction of the 13 year old in the early hours of last Monday, Oct. 15.

'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 a.m., gates will close promptly at that time," Fitzgerald said. "We hope to be completed by 4 p.m."

Volunteers must be at least 18 years old and have ID with them. They're advised to wear proper footwear and cold weather clothing.

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Sheriff Fitzgerald is expected to hold another press conference on Monday afternoon to provide the latest update on the search effort.

Then, this evening, an event called "The Gathering of Hope for Jayme Closs" is being held at the Riverview Middle School in Barron.

Anyone with information can call the Barron County tip line on 1-855-744-3879.

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