LINDSEY BAUM: 10-year-old abducted and murdered in McCleary, WA - June 2009 / Remains found 2017

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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Mother of murdered 10-year-old Lindsey Baum calls for another search for evidence

The mother of Lindsey Baum is calling for more searches of the wooded area of Kittitas County where hunters found a small piece of her 10-year-old daughter’s skull. The fragment was discovered in 2017 more than 100 miles away from where the 10-year-old was kidnapped in 2009 from her hometown of McCleary.

“I want to see something being done. I want to know progress is being made. I want to know who murdered my 10-year-old little girl you know I had a 10-year-old little girl about to have her 11th birthday, and she walked out my door one evening and she never came home.”

Every year, Lindsey Baum’s birthday is a haunting reminder of a 10-year-old frozen in time, filled with excitement for the 11th birthday she never got to have. But this year was a particularly painful milestone for her mother, Melissa. “She’s been gone longer than she lived.”

It’s now been 11 years since Lindsey was taken and murdered.


“It gets harder to celebrate (her birthday) because how do you celebrate your murdered daughter’s birthday? I don’t have a grave to visit to go put flowers on. I don’t know how to celebrate that. It’s such a deep pain that if you haven’t lived through it you can't possibly imagine the agony.”

Melissa Baum’s constant fight for answers has only grown more difficult and painful in time. “It’s not a natural mourning process, it’s not something you just mourn and get over because it’s not over. It’s not done. There’s so much left to do.”

The only major break in Lindsey’s case came in 2017 when a fragment of her skull was found by hunters in a remote area of Kittitas County. The following year, the FBI notified the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office that the DNA was a match to Lindsey.

“We need answers. It’s destroyed my entire family. They stole an entire life from us. They stole my daughter. They stole my future.”

Baum can’t bear the thought that no one’s searched the area since 2018. She believes a new search could find the clues to help catch her daughter’s killer.

“Monsters don’t just do this once and stop-especially when they get away with it for so long. So I’m not only tormented constantly, daily, nightly, by all the horrific things that may have happened to my 10-year-old child, but what are they doing to other children? And getting away with?”

Baum says she won’t give up no matter what and still holds onto hope that she may one day get justice for her little girl.

“She was a real person, she existed, and she deserves to rest in peace.”

The FBI, and the Kittitas County and Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office say Lindsey’s case is still very active, but they tell us they will not search the area where her skull was found unless new evidence is found. They say the search that was done in 2018 was incredibly extensive. Melissa Baum agrees that crews scoured the area, but still feels strongly that another search could finally give her the answers she desperately needs.
 

GrandmaBear

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Mother of murdered 10-year-old Lindsey Baum calls for another search for evidence

The mother of Lindsey Baum is calling for more searches of the wooded area of Kittitas County where hunters found a small piece of her 10-year-old daughter’s skull. The fragment was discovered in 2017 more than 100 miles away from where the 10-year-old was kidnapped in 2009 from her hometown of McCleary.

“I want to see something being done. I want to know progress is being made. I want to know who murdered my 10-year-old little girl you know I had a 10-year-old little girl about to have her 11th birthday, and she walked out my door one evening and she never came home.”

Every year, Lindsey Baum’s birthday is a haunting reminder of a 10-year-old frozen in time, filled with excitement for the 11th birthday she never got to have. But this year was a particularly painful milestone for her mother, Melissa. “She’s been gone longer than she lived.”

It’s now been 11 years since Lindsey was taken and murdered.


“It gets harder to celebrate (her birthday) because how do you celebrate your murdered daughter’s birthday? I don’t have a grave to visit to go put flowers on. I don’t know how to celebrate that. It’s such a deep pain that if you haven’t lived through it you can't possibly imagine the agony.”

Melissa Baum’s constant fight for answers has only grown more difficult and painful in time. “It’s not a natural mourning process, it’s not something you just mourn and get over because it’s not over. It’s not done. There’s so much left to do.”

The only major break in Lindsey’s case came in 2017 when a fragment of her skull was found by hunters in a remote area of Kittitas County. The following year, the FBI notified the Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office that the DNA was a match to Lindsey.

“We need answers. It’s destroyed my entire family. They stole an entire life from us. They stole my daughter. They stole my future.”

Baum can’t bear the thought that no one’s searched the area since 2018. She believes a new search could find the clues to help catch her daughter’s killer.

“Monsters don’t just do this once and stop-especially when they get away with it for so long. So I’m not only tormented constantly, daily, nightly, by all the horrific things that may have happened to my 10-year-old child, but what are they doing to other children? And getting away with?”

Baum says she won’t give up no matter what and still holds onto hope that she may one day get justice for her little girl.

“She was a real person, she existed, and she deserves to rest in peace.”

The FBI, and the Kittitas County and Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office say Lindsey’s case is still very active, but they tell us they will not search the area where her skull was found unless new evidence is found. They say the search that was done in 2018 was incredibly extensive. Melissa Baum agrees that crews scoured the area, but still feels strongly that another search could finally give her the answers she desperately needs.
What is it the agencies need?? Money?? To do one more search?

I know this is close to home for some of you or hits close to home as said earlier here, that you are very familiar with this case. I can identify with though this mom needs justice and she needs her baby home or buried... That selfish perp does not only take the child, horrible enough, they take the entire future and a line from the entire family. Not just the child's childhood, future, graduation, marriage, but the future grandchildren, everything... The immediate horrible loss is caused and that is the most horrid and then ramifications from that point on...

She has neither justice NOR her daughter to bury and bring home. Unimaginable.

I don't have words, I don't know, I just feel for her and say get off their darned butts and go search again...
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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It sounds like they just don't want to. They feel like the first search they did was thorough enough and they found everything they're going to find. Which isn't much at all. :( I'm sure they did their absolute best and were very thorough, but we all know how difficult it is to search in the woods. Things are missed. ALL the time.

The necklace/pendant her mom is wearing in this picture is all she has of her daughter. That has half of the cremains of everything they found.

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Here's pictures of part of the search. I mean, they WERE very thorough. They were sifting dirt, even. But her remains could have easily been scattered by animals outside of the boundaries of the search.

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GrandmaBear

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It sounds like they just don't want to. They feel like the first search they did was thorough enough and they found everything they're going to find. Which isn't much at all. :( I'm sure they did their absolute best and were very thorough, but we all know how difficult it is to search in the woods. Things are missed. ALL the time.

The necklace/pendant her mom is wearing in this picture is all she has of her daughter. That has half of the cremains of everything they found.

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Here's pictures of part of the search. I mean, they WERE very thorough. They were sifting dirt, even. But her remains could have easily been scattered by animals outside of the boundaries of the search.

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I don't doubt they were and another huge search I get the cost and unlikely outcome of success but I also feel for her... And then there are mother's instincts sometimes... But I am probably reaching with that thought... Maybe just some volunteers, volunteer search teams with dogs, etc. would give her some peace... And who knows, weather and nature and time sometimes can unearth things too. I don't know... Just sad for her.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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I don't doubt they were and another huge search I get the cost and unlikely outcome of success but I also feel for her... And then there are mother's instincts sometimes... But I am probably reaching with that thought... Maybe just some volunteers, volunteer search teams with dogs, etc. would give her some peace... And who knows, weather and nature and time sometimes can unearth things too. I don't know... Just sad for her.
Definitely agree. If that was my child I'd want more too. Searches back when Lindsey disappeared were so huge with so many volunteers. I do wonder if we couldn't get a group together to go over there and search.

I do think an arrest / charges in this case would help give her some peace as well. Early on, there was always hope that when her remains were found, an arrest would follow. But when it's nearly 10 years later, evidence is gone.

Just holding onto hope.
 

GrandmaBear

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Definitely agree. If that was my child I'd want more too. Searches back when Lindsey disappeared were so huge with so many volunteers. I do wonder if we couldn't get a group together to go over there and search.

I do think an arrest / charges in this case would help give her some peace as well. Early on, there was always hope that when her remains were found, an arrest would follow. But when it's nearly 10 years later, evidence is gone.

Just holding onto hope.
I don't know the history other than the couple of pages here where I asked some questions. I never followed it previous or elsewhere. Her picture gets me though, all of the time. It sounds like a case where maybe some feel they know who did this? Or no?

Don't know her or the case as well as the rest of you, but feel for her. No justice, no answers, no recovery.
 

SheWhoMustNotBeNamed

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It sounds like a case where maybe some feel they know who did this? Or no?
Absolutely. We talked about suspects a bit earlier. I think the investigators probably have a really good idea who is responsible. But maybe they don't have that one piece of evidence to nail him and can't prove it. But IMO, they know. And I think most people in the community have a suspect in mind who they think is responsible as well.

I would be absolutely flabbergasted if it wasn't one of the two guys mentioned before. The police may be on a different track entirely, or they may have it narrowed down to one. I just don't know. It's been years and years since they made any of their investigation public.
 

GrandmaBear

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Absolutely. We talked about suspects a bit earlier. I think the investigators probably have a really good idea who is responsible. But maybe they don't have that one piece of evidence to nail him and can't prove it. But IMO, they know. And I think most people in the community have a suspect in mind who they think is responsible as well.

I would be absolutely flabbergasted if it wasn't one of the two guys mentioned before. The police may be on a different track entirely, or they may have it narrowed down to one. I just don't know. It's been years and years since they made any of their investigation public.
Well then, at least hopefully, the community knows and watches and keeps people and kids away from him or whichever one it is.... From my questions here and the answers received, this was such a small window of time and not a major area... Maybe one day the perp will get what is coming... No one is being protected are they? There are some cases one has to wonder that with... Meaning someone connected or known... I don't know enough about this case to have an opinion.

The Abby and Libby case I go back and forth on that thought and some of it is what has been said through the couple of years... As well as a few other cases.

Usually though, it is that they just do not have enough to feel they can bring charges and succeed...
 

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