Sheriff seeks 2,000 volunteers to search for Wisconsin girl

Sheriff seeks 2,000 volunteers to search for Wisconsin girl

The Barron County Sheriff's Department, the state Department of Justice, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation are searching for the girl.

James Closs, 56, and Denise Closs, 46, died of gunshot wounds at their home October 15 at 1268 Highway 8, west of Barron, and Fitzgerald has ruled it a homicide.

"I guess I'm not doing anything different than I would hope someone would do if it was one of my loved ones in this situation right now", said Robinson, 48.

Earlier in the day, the Sheriff's Department called for 2,000 volunteers to help in a search Tuesday around the Barron area - a much larger search than the one that took place last week.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said at a news conference that officials obtained the new information by looking at surveillance footage from businesses or homes, ABC News reported. All volunteers must be age 18 or older and registered at the staging area to participate in the search. But Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald says their daughter Jayme was home at the time of the homicides and he believes the missing girl is still in danger.

Barron, a town of about 3,400 people, is about 80 miles (130 kilometers) northeast of Minneapolis.

Volunteers have been walking through swamps, corn fields and woods in the search for clues that could lead authorities to a missing 13-year-old Wisconsin girl, Jayme Closs.

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"We intentionally chose to call this event 'a gathering of hope, ' " said Ron Matthews, pastor at Barron's First Lutheran Church.

Closs disappeared after police received a 911 call from a cellphone inside her home at around 1am Monday (2pm Singapore time).

The sheriff said Thursday he has a "100% expectation that she's alive". Some of the tips led to the decision to resume the ground search, he said, though he declined to elaborate.

Investigators are also searching for two cars - a red or orange Dodge Challenger and a black Ford Edge or black Acura MDX - that may have been near the Closs family's home on the night of the attack, Fitzgerald said.

Investigators are seeking the public's help in finding vehicles of interest - a red/orange auto, believed to be a 2008-2014 Dodge Challenger/Charger, and a black SUV, believed to be a 2006-2010 Ford Edge or 2004-2010 Acura MDX.

Investigators don't have a license plate number or state on the "vehicles of interest", but urged people to call the tip line at 1-855-744-3879 with any information.

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