About 30 volunteers spent eight hours Saturday in Capitol State Forest and surrounding areas after receiving several anonymous emails that warranted investigation, said Jennifer Mau, organizer for the Search and Seek Association.
Mau refused to provide further details but said “significant progress” was made and that the disappearance is getting closer to being solved. No other searches are scheduled.
Baum was 10 years old when she went missing near the McCleary Police Station as she walked to her home from a friend’s house June 26, 2009. The last confirmed sighting of Baum was by a resident driving through town who saw her walking on Maple Street between Fifth and Sixth streets shortly after 9:15 p.m.
Last month, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office and the FBI served search warrants on a McCleary jewelry shop and a residence northwest of town, both owned by the same man, in connection with Baum’s disappearance, according to Grays Harbor County Chief Deputy Dave Pimentel. The individual is “one of many persons of interest we’ve had contact with over the course of this investigation,” Pimentel told The Olympian in October. The man is not considered a suspect in Baum’s disappearance, he added.
In July, the Sheriff’s Office and an FBI team searched a home and a storage facility in McCleary, seizing items belonging to a person of interest.
Investigators have worked with inmates from Cedar Creek Corrections Center to conduct targeted searches on several occasions.