Warrants served in Baum case

Missing Three Months: Authorities to search locations as they look for 11-year-old who vanished

September 26, 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)

McCLEARY - Law enforcement officials began serving search warrants in the McCleary area Friday morning after "credible information" emerged that might help investigators find Lindsey Baum, the 11-year-old McCleary girl who disappeared three months ago Saturday.

“Credible information has been developed that there are locations in the McCleary area that may contain evidence that may assist investigators in locating Lindsey Baum,” Sgt. Steve Shumate of the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office read from a statement Friday morning. “This activity is expected through the weekend. Due to the sensitive nature of the investigation and to reduce the risk of compromise, no further details of the current investigative activity will be released.”

Lindsey disappeared June 26 while walking a short distance from her friend’s house to her home in McCleary. Despite two confirmed sightings of her within blocks of her house, she never made it home, and investigators have not been able to explain her disappearance.

The Sheriff’s Office, the FBI, the King County Sheriff’s Office and other regional law enforcement agencies are serving the search warrants, Shumate said.

The Sheriff’s Office mobile command center has returned to McCleary, Shumate added, at least through the weekend. During the past few weeks, investigators had been working from Montesano.

Some in South Sound plan to hold a candlelight vigil at 8 p.m. today at Evergreen Christian Center on Fourth Street in McCleary to mark three months since Lindsey went missing.

The 4-foot-9, brown-haired girl last was seen wearing a blue hooded shirt, jeans and black shoes. Volunteers and investigators have combed the community of about 1,500 people without finding any trace of the girl. Investigators suspect she has been abducted.

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