Barron County (WKOW) — Two members of the Middleton Fire Department were among the thousands of volunteers who turned out to search for clues in the case of a missing Wisconsin teen.
Battalion Chief Brad Subera and firefighter Jacquie Steele made the 220 mile trip to Barron to help search for answers in the disappearance of Jayme Closs, 13.
They left early on Tuesday and took part in the first search, scouring a corn field for about five hours, along with about 2,000 other volunteers.
“[We’re] hoping to find pieces of the puzzle,” said Subera as he drove back to Middleton after participating in the search.
As each hour passes, desperation grows as the community tries to find traces of Closs. However, one thing every volunteer had on Tuesday: hope.
“You want this search to succeed in finding whatever evidence they can find to help close the case,” said Subera.
The pair of firefighters were part of several groups of people who delicately searched fields, streets, neighborhoods and wooded areas as their minds raced.
“I was thinking about everything I could possibly find. You know, the worst things, the best things. Am I going to find a girl who’s hiding and alive or am I gonna find her deceased? Am I just going to find little pieces of evidence,” Steele explained as she described what was running through her head while she canvassed the area.
Each time their group found something one thought could be evidence, a person would yell for the line to stop. An officer would then be called over to check it out.
Subera’s and Steele’s line stopped between four or five times, according to the team.
Although none of what the groups found led to Jayme, the focus continues to be on any further searches or help that’s needed.
“My hope going home is that they can find answers that they’re looking for to put closure on the case and hopefully bring somebody to justice,” said Subera.
A community and state that’s hoping to bring home one of their own, as she still remains missing in a place unknown.