Authorities in Barron County, Ohio have released a statement that gives new hope to solving the months-old disappearance of 13-year-old Jayme Closs.
The young teen vanished from her Barron County, Ohio home on October 15th, the same night that her parents were shot in cold blood. There was no sign of Jayme on the premises, but officials say there is evidence that she was home when the murders occurred. Since that night, her whereabouts have remained a mystery.
Now, after studying 80 surveillance videos, police have new details about that night, and they are saying that the information contained therein just might provide the clues they need to solve the case.
While not saying outright that they believe Jayme is dead, they seem to intimate it in their statements.
According to the Post Crescent, “The video will help us solve the case,” Barron County Sheriff Chris Fitzgerald told USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin. “We don’t see Jayme on any of the videos. But once we arrest a suspect, it will help us convict (the person responsible).”
The reason it has taken so long is that the police have meticulously expanded the search to include areas up to 60 miles from the crime scene. And there are a lot of videos coming from every direction.
They have an accurate description of three vehicles that may have been involved, and it’s just a matter of time before they match one of them to something in a video.
Fitzgerald praised the emergence of video surveillance as a major investigative tool and says that many cases are solved by using this technology. It takes some time to track down all crucial video, as people often do not know that they possess anything of importance.
If the police are to believed, it's only a matter of time before they have the answers that will bring them one step closer to bringing Jayme home.
Let’s hope that the police are able to find out what they need to know to discover what happened to the missing and endangered teen. And please join us in praying that she is found, soon, safe and sound.