Barron Co. courthouse decorates tree for Jayme Closs

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BARRON CO. (WEAU) - It’s been more than a month since 13-year-old Jayme Closs disappeared from her home in Barron County after her parents were found dead.

The community of Barron has continually showed support.

This holiday season the community is spreading a message of hope in a special way.

The Barron County Clerk of Court office decided to decorate a tree this year in honor of Jayme Closs, as the town remains hopeful for her return.

Decorating a Christmas tree has been a tradition at the justice center since 2004

Participants say at times the decorating theme is discussed at some length, but this year the idea came quickly.

“This tree is about Jayme,” said Sharon Millermon, Barron County Clerk of Court. “Jayme doesn't leave our minds. She's always on our minds and we remain hopeful.”

Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald, said there has been no new updates on the Closs case.

“This case is very frustrating,” said Fitzgerald. “This tree represents a lot of what this community has brought to law enforcement, and that's hope.”

Clerks who helped with the tree said there's no doubt in anyone's mind this tree should be dedicated to Jayme.

“Where there is hope, there is faith, there is a possibility of a miracle,” said Danielle Neva, deputy court clerk.

Fitzgerald said everyone is still clinging on to hope.

“What this tree represents is truly what we're using as energy right now and that's the hope,” said Fitzgerald.