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Wednesday, July 08, 2009

Lindsey Baum’s Birthday Was Yesterday

July 8, 2009

Missing girl’s 11th birthday passes with her still away

BY JACOB JONES – The Daily World –

Authorities had kept Lindsey Baum’s birthday in mind as an unofficial deadline of when they hoped to have her home.

That didn’t happen Tuesday as the missing McCleary girl turned 11 years old and the frustrating search for answers entered its 11th day.
Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott said investigators continue to look ahead to new leads in the disappearance, but Baum’s birthday stood as a milestone for deputies and the family.
“Obviously, a day they’d hoped to be celebrating,” he said, pausing. “It’s not the celebration they’d hoped for.”

Baum, a 4-foot-9 brown-haired girl, disappeared off a McCleary street on June 26 while making the short walk from her friend’s house to her home. While two people reported seeing her within a few blocks of home, she never made it back.

Hundreds of volunteers and officers have searched the town of 1,500 without finding any sign of the girl or indication of how she vanished. Scott said investigators are exploring all possibilities from runaway to kidnapping, though an abduction has become more likely as the days stretch on.

No evidence has turned up to point detectives in a “new direction,” Scott said today. He noted tips over the hotline have fallen to a “trickle,” but investigators continue to follow specific leads and conduct interviews.

“We’ve got a dozen (deputies) out on the street today,” he said this morning, but the widespread ground search of the town and outlying areas has been suspended for now.

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