'Tree of Hope' lit in Barron, Wis., for Jayme Closs

Her whereabouts remain unknown since her parents were found murdered Oct. 15

Sloane Martin
December 13, 2018 - 6:17 am
Jayme Closs is missing

Barron County, WI sheriffs office


A 'tree of hope' was illuminated in western Wisconsin in honor of missing teen Jayme Closs.

Just shy of two months after her parents, James and Denise Closs, were found killed in their Barron home and the 13-year-old disappeared, the community gathered Wednesday night as a show of support and a commitment to hope.

"The darker it gets, the brighter the light of hope shines," the family's priest said.

The lighting ceremony at Riverview Middle School featured a choir and comments from the family, including Jayme's uncle Mike Closs.

"The support's been overwhelming," he said. "Our family's like you. We just want Jayme home. We pray everyday. We hope for a safe return. We can't thank the community enough."

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says the department is digging further into the family's past to search for more clues, but a lack of evidence remains. He said nothing was out of place in the Closs home and nothing was taken, including a wallet.

"We've had dozens of sightings in the last couple weeks. All have turned out to be negative," he said. "It's tough ot build profiles when you don't know who the target is. We still do not know who the target in this case is."

Jayme's family is releasing balloons in Jayme's honor Saturday to mark two months since her disappearance.