Baum Investigation Continues, Reward Increased

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.

Lindsey Baum

Mason County Sheriff Links Area Robberies

Mason County Sheriff’s Detectives say they have been able to link the February 1, 2010 robbery of the Allyn Branch of Kitsap Bank to other armed robberies in the Puget Sound/Olympic Peninsula areas.
 
According to investigators a lone white male walked into the bank armed with a black automatic handgun and demanded money. The suspect allegedly told the teller “Don’t follow me or I’ll put a bullet in you.” The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash. No one in the bank was injured. The suspect was last seen leaving the scene on foot. A K-9 Officer was later able to track the suspect to a location where the track abruptly ended with fresh tire tracks. According to detectives this is consistent with a get away vehicle being stashed near the scene.   Investigators also noted a witness reported seeing the dye pack explode and pink smoke emanate from the front of the suspect as he fled. The suspect could have sustained minor burns or have pink coloring on his person or clothing he does not want to explain.

Chehalis Woman Runs For 13 Years, Returns to Face Parental Kidnapping Charges

CHEHALIS, Wash. - A former resident of Lewis County, Washington, KAREN KRISTINE SUDDERTH, 52, formerly of Chehalis, Washington, was taken into custody today at Sea-Tac Airport as she arrived on a flight from Thailand. There has been a warrant out for SUDDERTH’s arrest since January 22, 1997, for Unlawful Flight to Avoid Prosecution. In July 1999, SUDDERTH was indicted by a federal grand jury for International Parental Kidnapping. According to court documents, the case began on August 30, 1996, when SUDDERTH failed to bring her son, who was then five-years-old, to a scheduled weekend visitation with his father. Mother and son fled the U.S. in September 1996, and remained out of the reach of law enforcement until today. The son turned 18 last week, prompting SUDDERTH to contact law enforcement and return to the United States.

6 Thousand Dollar Reward Now Offered in Search for Missing McCleary Girl

A $6,000 reward is being offered for information about last month's disappearance of an 11-year-old McCleary girl. Investigators hope someone knows something that will help authorities find Lindsey Baum. The girl 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 tells us that the Department has from 6 to 10 officers including FBI agents involved in the search daily, Scott said that the amount of tips have tapered since the initial reports of Lindsey's disappearance "We're finding stuff that we need to do to clarify or expand on information that already came in."

Scott also said that surveilance video footage from nearby stores has yet to turn up anything, adding that officers have identified some people in the footage and contacted them, not as much as person's of interest, as persons who were in the area at the time of the disappearance.

Lindsey's mother said recently that they have established a couple of websites to promote the search efforts, www.lindseybaum.com and www.findlindseybaum.com


     Lindsey turned 11 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.

Lindsey Baum

 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.

Search Continues For Missing McCleary Girl, Now From a Different Office

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.

Lindsey Baum

 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.

OCEAN SHORES MAN PLEADS GUILTY TO RECEIPT OF CHILD PORNOGRAPHY

            ART ARNOLD WELLER, 49, of Ocean Shores, Washington, pleaded guilty today in U.S. District Court in Tacoma to Receipt of Child Pornography.  WELLER faces a mandatory minimum five years, up to twenty years in prison, a $250,000 fine and supervised release of five years to life when sentenced by U.S. District Judge Benjamin H. Settle on June 22, 2009.

WELLER was employed as a cook at an Ocean Shores restaurant.