Large Forensic Search Continues in Lindsey Baum Case

Volunteer search teams and law enforcement officials from across the state continued a large scale forensic search in Kittitas County over the weekend. Investigators are searching for anything that may be related to the skeletal remains found last fall that were later identified as those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary on her way home from a friend’s house.

Search efforts over the past two weekends have drawn nearly 200 volunteers and law enforcement officials and 22 K9 teams from across the region. The search is believed to be one of the largest in state history based on the number of personnel involved.

The search area covers approximately two square miles and is located roughly 20 miles west of Ellensburg known as the Manastash area. The area is described as steep and heavily timbered with large cliffs and deep ravines.

The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office and the FBI, which continue to lead the investigation into Baum’s disappearance.

Anyone with information is encouraged to call the tip line at 360-964-1799, or email baumtips@co.grays-harbor.wa.us.