More efforts to find Lindsey Baum



Posted on April 29, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Updated Friday, Apr 30 at 6:49 AM

McCLEARY, Wash. -- The Grays Harbor Sheriff's Department is stepping up its investigation in the case of 10-year-old Lindsey Baum who disappeared while walking home from a friend's house nearly a year ago in McCleary.

First, the reward for information leading to her return has been increased to $25,000.

Second, five semi-trailers with Lindsey's picture on them will be traveling the nation's highways looking for tips.

Third, detectives are planning another "investigative surge" this weekend and next to jog people's memories.

"No one to date has risen to the level that we would label them a suspect," said Undersheriff Rick Scott. But he said the department is committed to following up on the nearly 4,000 tips they received after the first "investigative surge" the first two weeks in March.

"We'll be assigning teams of detectives to do some focused follow up on the information that was developed (then)," said Scott.

Gordon Trucking of Pacific is donating five semi-trailers with Lindsey's picture on it. The State Patrol says this technique resulted in the return of three of 23 previously missing children.

"These semi-trailers will stay in circulation and they'll be put nationwide wherever we decide to put them, wherever the tips lead us," said Luci Stewart, of the Washington State Patrol's missing children unit.

For Lindsey's mother, Melissa Baum, the follow-up interviews with townsfolk over the next two weekends are crucial.

"Maybe your next-door neighbor had claw marks on his face the next day. Would you please come forward with that information! It may be what we need to bring my daughter home," she said.

June 26 marks the one-year anniversary of Lindsey's disappearance.

"We are working very hard to bring closure to this investigation and find Lindsey and bring her home before that day gets here," said Scott.