Missing girl's dad back in Tennessee

Lindsey Baum’s father returned to Tennessee last weekend to attend to personal issues and sort out his possible deployment to Iraq, according to The Daily World of Aberdeen.

Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott told the newspaper that Scott Baum, a member of the Tennessee National Guard who has orders to deploy to Iraq, headed home but hopes to remain in the country to help with the effort to find his 11-year-old daughter.

Scott said Baum had a round-trip ticket so he could return quickly if anything changed.

Baum went missing June 26 as she walked a few blocks from a friend’s house to her home in McCleary. The 4-foot-9, brown-haired girl last was seen wearing a light-blue hooded shirt, blue jeans and black shoes.

Scott said Lindsey’s mother, Melissa Baum, has worked with family members to start two Web sites dedicated to the search: www.findlindseybaum.com and www.lindseybaum.com.

Investigators hope a $6,000 reward will prompt someone to come forward with information about Lindsey’s disappearance. The money is being offered by Crimestoppers and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Anyone with information is asked to call local authorities or the investigation’s tip line at 866-915-8299.