On Saturday, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office initiated a multi-agency area search in connection to skeletal remains found last fall in Kittitas County. DNA testing identified the remains to be those of Lindsey Baum, the 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary. Baum was last seen walking home from a friend’s house.
According to a news release, an initial area search was done after the remains were found in the Fall of 2017, just prior to the first snow fall. Last week, authorities reported that the last of the snow in the search area had melted, which allowed for an additional search to be done.
Saturday’s search consisted of 22 K9 teams, Search and Rescue (SAR) ground personnel and investigators from Kittitas County, King County and the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office. The K9 teams are from across the state, including Kittitas, Skamania, Lewis, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Mason, Kitsap, Spokane counties and Kootenai County (Idaho). Tracking teams from King County, Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue and Lake County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue from Polson, Montana, will also be assisting.
Kittitas Undersheriff Myers described the search area, located about 20 miles West of Ellensburg, as steep, heavily timbered with large cliffs and deep ravines. Asked about those involved in the search, he said, “It’s humbling to see the level of support for this case. These search teams and investigators are among the best there are and they understand the relevance to the investigation, the family and the community. To watch them work, you would never guess they come from over 10 different agencies”.
Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office and the FBI continue to lead the investigation into Baum’s disappearance, which is now a kidnapping and homicide.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the tip line at 360-964-1799, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.