by Robert A. Waters
Lindsey Baum was terrified of the dark.
Just ten, the child had begun to experience the troubles that often come with life. Her parents had recently divorced, and the separation upset her. She lived with her mother in McCleary, Washington, while her father, a National Guardsman stationed in Tennessee, prepared to leave for Iraq. On June 26, 2009, Lindsey had a spat with her brother, then left home to visit a friend. Later that evening, at around 9:15, she left to go home.
Within blocks of her residence, the young girl disappeared.
As with many missing children, police at first thought Lindsey may have run away. However, she had no history of such behavior, and she left her cell phone, money, and clothes behind. A check of her computer revealed no suspicious activity. As the days wore on with no trace of Lindsey, investigators searched homes in the area, checked out registered sex offenders, and mounted searches in nearby forests. No trace of Lindsey has ever been found.
When she disappeared, Lindsey Baum stood four-feet, ten inches tall and weighed about 90 pounds. She had colored fillings in her teeth. Her hair was dark blonde, and she wore a bluish-gray hooded shirt, jeans with the knees cut out, and American Eagle brand shoes. Beneath her outer clothing, Lindsey a red, white, and blue mismatched bathing suit.
If you have any information about this disappearance, call Gray’s Harbor Sheriff’s Office at 866-915-8299. A reward of $30,000 is being offered.