McCLEARY, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's department is making room for a new base of operations in the search for a missing McCleary girl.
The base of operations for the search will be in the County Sheriff's offices starting this weekend.
Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott tells KBKW that the McCleary Bear Festival this weekend required the parking and rooms that were being used to accommodate the investigators in the case. "We'll work out of here, go to McCleary as needed, and be able to follow up on leads outside of McCleary in a more organized fashion."
Officials will begin tearing down the extensive interagency efforts in McCleary, and releasing some of the 15 to 10 officers per day that have been assisting in the investigation. "We're going to have to accept that this is going to be a case that's assigned to a smaller team of officers" said Scott.
Earlier in the week deputies and investigators gave the McCleary family some breathing room on Tuesday - Lindsey's 11th birthday. The father, Scott Baum, says he wants to see his daughter again before he deploys to Iraq. Baum is a member of the Tennessee National Guard and says he's set to deploy in a few weeks.
Scott said that video footage taken from a nearby Shell station yielded no stand-out leads, some leads are still being investigated from the video. Scott added that the footage is now being investigated by forensics teams, in hopes of enhancing some of the video.
Grays Harbor County Sheriff Mike Whelan says that investigators have received many tips, and that so far the investigation has yielded no primary suspects. "We've been sending teams of detectives out to follow up on those tips" "as far as suspects are concerned, we don't have anyone that we can say is the suspect"
Investigators would still like to talk to anyone who may have seen anything in McCleary between 9 and 10 pm Friday - june 26th when the little girl failed to return to her home on Mommsen Road from a friend's house on Maple street a few blocks away.
Lindsey turned 11 years old on Tuesday, and is described as 4 foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a grey pullover hoodie with blue jeans and black shoes.
Anyone with any information is urged to contact the Grays Harbor Emergency 911 Center at 360-533-8765, toll free at 866-915-8299, or the McCleary Police Department at 360-495-3107.