MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — For the first time in 11 days, investigators have left the Closs family home.
What appears to be a bed sheet hangs where the front door once was, a solemn reminder of a gruesome crime.
There have been few significant breakthroughs in the search for 13-year-old Jayme Closs, but that has not stopped community members from keeping hope alive by helping out.
When hundreds of law enforcement officers descended on Barron County, Mary Holmes and her team of volunteers stepped up. Along with other members of the Maranatha Evangelical Free Church in Rice Lake, Holmes has prepared dozens of meals over the past week and will make dozens more.
“We really believe in comfort food,” Holmes said. “Along with that goes our prayers. We’re praying for the officers’ wisdom to find what they need, for their families. We know they’ve left them at home and they’re missing them.”
It is not only meals that are being donated. The Law Enforcement Foundation of Barron County has received $15,000 in donations from local businesses since Closs went missing. Those donations will help support law enforcement personnel and volunteers as they continue to search for the young girl.
A funeral for James and Denise Closs is set for this Saturday afternoon at a Catholic church in the nearby town of Cameron.