Grays Harbor County investigators plan to call in new experts as family members prepare to spend their first Christmas without 11-year-old Lindsey Baum, who vanished from a McCleary street six months ago.
Additional missing-child experts are expected to review the investigation in the coming weeks, Undersheriff Rick Scott announced during a news conference Tuesday.
“I don’t think that anyone in this room thought that we’d still be here doing this six months later, but we are. We are far from being done,” Scott said. On Saturday, it will have been a half-year since Lindsey disappeared.
Full-time investigators continue to comb through nearly 1,200 tips in the case, with help from the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Scott pledged to devote as many resources to the search as possible.
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Lindsey disappeared June 26 while walking the short distance home after playing with a friend. Despite sightings of Lindsey along the way, she never made it home, and investigators have found no evidence explaining her disappearance.
Lindsey’s mother, Melissa, sat silently throughout Tuesday’s news conference in a gray shirt printed with Lindsey’s photo.
The mother of the friend Lindsey was with on the night she disappeard, Kara Kampen, sat nearby as her daughter cried into her shoulder.
“It’s Christmas time, a time that friends and family usually spend together,” Kampen said in a rare public statement.
“This Christmas is not like that for everyone. Lindsey’s not home. Her family doesn’t get to spend this holiday with her.”
Kampen pleaded for anyone with information to come forward to authorities. She asked them to call anonymously or send an e-mail regarding anything suspicious.
“It doesn’t have to be a huge piece of information. Any little bit counts,” she said. “It could be what brings Lindsey home where she needs to be now.”
“For her sake, for her family’s sake, for her friend’s sake, (please call),” Kampen said.