Search for Jayme Closs is scaled back as number of tips decline

The 13 year old has been missing since Oct. 15.
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Authorites in Wisconsin are scaling back their efforts to find missing Jayme Closs, but say the case "remains our number one priority."

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald confirmed on Thursday that operations to find the 13 year old have "transitioned ... from a 24/7 reactive operation to a more deliberate and methodical effort to progress the investigation."

The move has been taken because of a "declining number" of tips received about Jayme's disappearance and the killing of her parents, Denise and James, in the early hours of Monday, Oct. 15.

More than 2,100 tips have been received by the sheriff's office and FBI since then, with officers and agents following up on each one of them.

"We will continue to fully investigate those remaining tips and new information we receive going forward," Fitzgerald said.

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"This case remains our number one priority and we will have agents from both the FBI and DCI continuing to support our local investigators until we bring Jayme home.

"I want to reassure the great residents of Barron County and everyone else across the nation who continue to support and follow this case that we have left no stone unturned."

The sheriff's office continues to urge residents to keep the tips coming in, via the tip line number 1-855-744-3879, and email

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