MADISON, Wis. – Jayme Closs has been found alive nearly three months after she first went missing. The discovery is the culmination of weeks of hard work from law enforcement and volunteers from across Wisconsin — and even across the country.
Here is a timeline of the search efforts:
October 15th: Jayme goes missing after her parents are found murdered in their Barron, WI home.
October 22nd: A week after her disappearance, the Barron County Sheriff asks for volunteers to help search for evidence. About 2,000 people showed up for the search, approximately 2/3 the size of Barron’s population. The efforts included firefighters from Middleton.
October 24th: The FBI announces a $25,000 reward for anyone who has information that leads to Jayme’s discovery. Two days later, they would increase the reward to $50,000.
Early November: The Wisconsin Crime Lab in Madison tests hundreds of pieces of possible evidence in the case, looking for forensic clues. The Barron County Sheriff’s Department says they’re shifting away from its 24/7 operation in the search for Jayme, as the number of tips related to her disappearance started to taper off.
November 17th: Ahead of the opening weekend of deer hunting season, authorities ask hunters across the state to be on the look out for Jayme or any evidence related to the case.
November 28th: The Barron County Justice Center decorates the Christmas tree in its lobby as the Jayme Closs Tree of Hope. In December, an event is held by those still hoping Jayme will be found safe, even months after her disappearance.
January 4th: Karl’s Transport and South Side Design creates a semi trailer to travel the country with Jayme’s missing person information on the side in an attempt to spread more information.
January 10th: Jayme Closs is found alive in Gordon, Wisconsin, about 65 miles north of Barron in Douglas County, after being missing for 87 days. People who saw her described her as a “skinny, dirty girl” with matted down hair. She was taken to the hospital and is expected to be reunited with her family.
January 11th: The Barron County Sheriff’s Department is expected to hold a press conference at 10 a.m. to announce more details about her discovery.
News 3 and Channel3000.com will broadcast that press conference live in its entirety.
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