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Wisconsin community holds vigil for missing girl Jayme Closs



Wisconsin community members gathered on Tuesday for a candlelight vigil bringing together family members, friends and neighbors who all prayed for the safe return of a missing girl.

Participants received blue and green ribbons in honor of 13-year-old Jayme Closs, the day after the teenager disappeared from her home in Barron, Wisconsin, where her parents were found dead.

Blue is Jayme's favorite color and green is a symbol of missing children, organizers said.

  PHOTO: An undated photo of the disappeared 13-year-old Jayme Closs of Barron, Wisconsin Sheriff Office of Barron County
An undated photo of the disappeared 13-year-old Jayme Closs of Barron, Wisconsin. [19659007] "At the moment, everyone is feeling very helpless," said Melissa Salmonson, a friend of the night watch family, to Madison ABC affiliate WKOW. "I think being able to come together as family and friends and pray together, and maybe feel that these prayers somehow help, may make us feel a little better."

The police released an amber alarm for the girl on Monday night after discovering the bodies of her parents, James Closs, 56, and his wife, Denise Closs, 46, earlier in the day.

Authorities made the horrific discovery around 1 am while they responded to an unusual emergency call from the family home. Barrich County sheriff Chris Fitzgerald said no one announced during the phone, but Shipment could hear noise in the background.

He did not say how the couple died, but the FBI office in Milwaukee said that the teenager was probably kidnapped from their home by a stun gun by an unknown person on an early Monday morning.

On Wednesday morning there were no indications or suspicions of interest in this case, and parishioners said they had been praying for clues to the whereabouts of the young girl.

Fitzgerald said he has trouble coping with all the unanswered questions about the case.

  PHOTO: Authorities in the home of James and Denise Closs, found dead on Monday in Barron, Wisconsin. Her 13-year-old daughter Jayme Closs was missing. ABC News
Authorities in the home of James and Denise Closs, found dead Monday in Barron, Wisconsin. Her 13-year-old daughter Jayme Closs was missing.

"I'll be honest, I'm fighting, I do not have some of the answers I want to give you, that I want to give to the family," said Fitzgerald at a press conference on Tuesday. "I've never seen anything like that in rural Wisconsin, we just do not see it."

He said his office has received more than 200 tips to follow, but still no trace of Jayme at the time.

The girl's grandfather, Robert Naiberg, told the Associated Press that he saw Jayme on a rally day: "She was as quiet as ever, she was a quiet girl."

The vigil took place in the St. Peters Catholic Church, the place of worship of the Barron family. Some participants shared heartwarming stories about the family and vowed to wear their blue ribbons until Jayme's home.

At one point, a young girl's school district representative stepped forward to share a story about a time when students were asked what they would do if given $ 1 million, according to Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP.

Jayme said she would "feed the hungry and give the poor the rest," the representative said, calling it a perfect representation of the teen's friendly spirit.


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