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Two Dead-Child Missing

A group of volunteers on Thursday searched the ditches along Highway 8 in Barron, near the home where missing 13-year-old Jayme Closs lived with her parents, who were found dead early Monday. 

BARRON — One hundred volunteers joined the search for a Wisconsin girl who has been missing since her parents were found fatally shot in their home.

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald requested the help of volunteers on Thursday in the hopes of finding clues to the whereabouts of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, who isn’t a suspect in her parents’ deaths. He said Wednesday that investigators believe she’s alive but in danger and he urged the public to continue calling in tips.

Deputies responding to a 911 call early Monday found Jayme’s parents, James and Denise Closs, dead in their home in Barron, a rural community in western Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Department of Justice is sending therapists and comfort dogs to help students at the school Jayme attended.

The state DOJ said in an announcement Thursday it is also sending school resource officers to the Barron School District.

The Wisconsin Safe and Healthy Schools Training and Technical Assistance Center will provide training to district staff and counselors on trauma-informed practices, which focus on how staff can provide mental health support to students following a crisis.

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