MCCLEARY, Wash. - The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department held a press conference yesterday announcing a surge in their efforts to recover Lindsey Baum, an 11-year-old McCleary girl who vanished while walking home from a friend's house on June 26. She's described as 4-foot-9, 80 pounds, with brown hair and eyes.
Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said the FBI added $5,000 dollars to the reward, bringing the total to $25,000. The heightened search efforts will begin on Monday, and five trucks will be seen around the county featuring a photo of Lindsey, and the phone number 1-800-THE-LOST as part of the Washington State Patrol’s Homeward Bound program. Scott said the trucks were donated by Gordon Trucking Inc. and are parked in spaces donated by Cabinet Distributors Inc. and Simpson Timber.
Lindsey's family has established a couple of websites to promote the search efforts, www.lindseybaum.com and www.findlindseybaum.com
Lindsey will turn 12 years old on Tuesday July 7th, 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 McCleary Police Department at 360-495-3107, Toll Free at 1-866-915-8299, e-mail tips to soadmin@co. grays-harbor. wa.us, or send tips to Post Office Box 305, McCleary WA, 98557.
(from our original posting on the Baum disappearance found here)
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.
Police are also asking that people get their facts from the police or local media, and to not flood tip lines with rumors heard second hand, or online.
Investigators looking for the missing McCleary girl say it's unlikely she ran away or is playing a prank on her family, FBI investigators have said it is also unlikely that she was abducted by a stranger, and more likely someone she knew.
Police are following up on several leads in the case, Scott tells us that the Forensic Investigation on Lindsey's home computer has turned up little more, and that they have expanded the computer level search to other computers that Lindsey may have used to access her internet profiles, including the local public library's computer.
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, early in the investigation, 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"
"I just need my daughter home," Melissa Baum, the girl's mother told The Aberdeen Daily World. She said she's afraid someone has taken her daughter and away from McCleary, a town of about 1,500.
Lindsey's mother reported her missing Friday night.
Chief George Crumb of the McCleary Police Department said that weekend that friends and family are assisting the search, and that while his department hopes Baum just ran off on her own, "she's been gone far too long."
Melissa Baum said she is afraid someone has taken her daughter, and taken her away from McCleary.
"If anyone does have her, bring her back home or take her to a pay phone where she can call home," Baum said.
No Amber Alert was initiated because no one had seen anyone take her. Lindsey Baum was reported as a missing child.
"It did not meet any of the criteria for an Amber Alert," Crumb said.
McCleary Police set up the initial search, but called in the Sheriffs Office at 4 a.m., Patrick said. Thurston County sheriffs deputies, FBI Officials, and the Washington State Patrol are also assisting.