The remains of Lindsey Baum have been located. Grays Harbor County Sherriff Rick Scott said this afternoon, “I’m here today to share with you that we’ve brought Lindsey home, we’ve recovered her. Sadly, she was not recovered as we and her family had hoped and prayed these last nine years.”
He said her remains were found by hunters in a remote area of Eastern Washington in 2017, and recently connected with the 2009 investigation into her disappearance. “Because the remains were not associated with a specific criminal investigation, they were not analyzed for DNA until just recently.” Scott added, “In order to protect the integrity of the investigation, the location where the remains were found will not be provided until a later date.”
Baum vanished from somewhere on the 10-minute walk between a friends home on East Mommsen Street and her home on West Maple street, but it wasn’t until this week that they were able to determine this was an abduction.
Her mother Melissa moved out of the area a while ago, but Scott said he spoke with her before today, “They were, understandably, devastated. They had prayed that we would find her alive and bring her home. It was not the outcome that the family wanted to hear.”
Scott said with renewed efforts into the investigation, he hopes people come forward with any information, “There’s someone out there that know who did this and how this happened. There’s people out there that have information that would be the nugget that we need to explode this investigation and culminate in an arrest.”
The sheriff’s office said in a press release this afternoon that in the fall of 2017, human remains were found in a remote location in eastern Washington. The remains were eventually confirmed to be that of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl who went missing in McCleary, Washington on June 26, 2009.
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office continues to work with the Federal Bureau of Investigation on this homicide investigation.
Anyone with information regarding this case is asked to call or email the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office at the below listed contacts.
Phone Tips: 1-360-964-1799
Email tips: [email protected]