Large Scale Search Launched Near Ellensburg For Clues In Lindsey Baum Murder Case
May 13, 2018
By Rex D. Cain
Searchers gathered Saturday May 12 in the rugged backwoods of Kittitas County, WA as a large scale search got underway for clues in the Lindsey Baum murder investigation. Photo: Kittitas County Sheriff’s office.
LARGER IMAGES OF ABOVE. CLICK TO ENLARGE. Searchers gathered Saturday May 12 in the rugged backwoods of Kittitas County, WA as a large scale search got underway for clues in the Lindsey Baum murder investigation. Photo: Kittitas County Sheriff’s off
(ELLENSBURG, WA.) – Earlier this week at a news conference Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott said there would be a search in eastern Washington where the remains of 10-year old Lindsey Baum – who vanished one night in June 2009 while walking home from a friend's house in McCleary, Washington – were found by hunters last fall.
That search began Saturday in a rugged, wooded area of Kittitas County not far from Ellensburg in the same area where the little girl’s remains were found late last year.
A statement issued by the Kittitas County Sheriff’s office, which has jurisdiction in the area, said a “multi-agency area search” was initiated in connection to the skeletal remains found last fall in that county..
“DNA testing identified the remains to be those of Lindsey Baum...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 found that the last of the snow in the search area had melted, thus allowing for an additional search to be done,” said the statement.
The sheriff’s office said Saturday’s search consisted of 22 K-9 teams, Search and Rescue (SAR) ground personnel and investigators from Kittitas County, King County and the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office.
The K9 teams that came in were from across the state, including Kittitas, Skamania, Lewis, Pierce, King, Snohomish, Mason, Kitsap and Spokane counties as well as Kootenai County, Idaho.
Tracking teams from King County, Idaho Mountain Search & Rescue and Lake County Sheriff’s Search & Rescue from Polson, Montana also came to join in the search.
Undersheriff Clay 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".
The Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office and the FBI continue to lead the investigation into Baum’s disappearance.
Lindsey Baum was just about to turn 11 years of age when she vanished in McCleary, located in western Washington on the night of June 26, 2009.
Undersheriff Myers told reporters Saturday that, “The goal right now is two fold: it's to collect evidence for the criminal investigation and two it's to help bring closure to the family and the friends.”
On Saturday two Seattle TV stations broadcast aerial footage of the search area, above Anastasia Road west of Ellensburg. The footage showed several vehicles and ground crews working the area.
The Baum case remains one of the most baffling missing persons cases in Washington history. Speaking to reporters at a new conference Thursday afternoon in McCleary, Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott said Lindsey’s remains were “unknowingly” found in September by some hunters in Eastern Washington. Later the remains were sent to an FBI crime lab for DNA analysis which confirmed Lindsey’s identity only recently.