FBI re-inspects Lindsey's home

Missing Girl: Mom's move out prompts officials to comb house

February 28, 2010 

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)

  • About Lindsey

    Lindsey Baum was 4 feet 9 inches when she disappeared, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was wearing a blue hooded shirt and jeans.

    Whom to call

    A $10,000 reward is available for information leading to Lindsey’s return, said Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office toll free at 866-915-8299 or soadmin@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.


    Law enforcement officials ask that anyone who might have information about Lindsey Baum’s whereabouts come forward. Tips can be called in to 1-866-915-8299, e-mailed to soadmin@co.graysharbor.wa.us or mailed to P.O. Box 305, McCleary, WA 98557.

McCLEARY - Forensic investigators made a final search of missing girl Lindsey Baum's McCleary home Friday as her mother prepares to move out amid financial problems.

On the eight-month anniversary of Lindsey’s disappearance, FBI investigators and crime-scene analysts made one last sweep through the house for evidence and DNA samples, Grays Harbor County undersheriff Rick Scott said.

Investigators blocked off Mommsen Road in front of the home and loaded evidence into a trailer. Some wore white jumpsuits with boots, gloves and hoods to avoid corrupting any evidence.

Lindsey went missing June 26, days before her 11th birthday, while walking a short distance home from a friend’s house in McCleary. Despite thousands of tips, searches by hundreds of volunteers and a full-time team of investigators looking into the case, authorities have found no evidence explaining her disappearance.

After several months of searching, detectives requested a third-party review of the investigation by child- abduction experts with the FBI.

Investigators have searched the house thoroughly multiple times, Scott said, but making one last search of the house for “control samples” of DNA and other evidence was part of the review.

“It was one of the many things that was recommended we do,” he said.

Scott said Lindsey’s mother, Melissa, is set to move in with relatives in Thurston County. Melissa Baum told KIRO 7 News that she had not been able to return to work part time since Lindsey’s disappearance and had lost her unemployment benefits.

Investigators asked Melissa Baum to hold off on packing some things until they could make a final search, Scott said. They also asked her to let them search her car.

Scott said investigators also are preparing to act on other recommendations they received from the review. Neighboring law enforcement agencies will send officers to help with the new “push” for information.

He added that no one in their “worst nightmare” thought they still would be searching for answers eight months after Lindsey disappeared.

“It adds to the frustration, but it also adds to the desire” to crack the case, Scott said.

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