Searchers to hunt for McCleary girl

Lindsey Baum: 10-year-old has been missing for two months

August 22, 2009 

Missing Juvenile - Lindsey Baum

Lindsey was last seen at about 9:15 pm Friday night, June 26, 2009, leaving her friend's home after she visited on Maple Street. (Courtesy of McCleary Police Department)

The KlaasKids Foundation is organizing a search in McCleary for Lindsey Baum, who has been missing for two months.

Lindsey, 11, last was seen in McCleary after 9 p.m. June 26, after she left a friend’s home on Maple Street by herself to walk about a half-mile to her home on Mommsen Road.

Despite a massive search, police have been unable to find Lindsey or say definitively whether she was abducted.

KlaasKids Foundation representatives will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Thursday in McCleary at the McCleary Community Center.

The McCleary Community Center is at 726 W. Simpson Ave.

KlaasKids spokeswoman Tricia Griffith said the search will start at 9 a.m. Friday. People who want to help should check in at the McCleary Community Center between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. that day. Volunteers must be 18 or older and must bring photo identification.

Volunteers are advised to dress appropriately for the weather, wear long pants and wear sturdy, closed-toe shoes.

The KlaasKids Foundation was established by Marc Klaas in 1994 to stop crimes against children after the kidnapping and murder of his 12-year-old daughter, Polly Hannah Klaas. She was taken from her home in Petaluma, Calif.

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