Reward increased to $35,000 in Lindsey Baum disappearance

Reward increased to $35,000 in Lindsey Baum disappearance
Lindsey Baum
MCCLEARY, Wash. - The reward for information about a young McCleary girl who vanished without a trace in 2009 has been increased to $35,000, the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Department announced Friday.

The increased reward comes two years after Lindsey Baum disappeared while walking home from a friend's house on June 26, 2009 in the small town, population 1,550. The reward previously stood at $30,000.

Grays Harbor County Undersheriff Rick Scott said the investigation into her disappearance remains "open and active," with a task force that includes the Sheriff's Office, FBI, Washington State Patrol and Department of Corrections.

The task force maintains a satellite office in McCleary and continues to conduct interviews and follow up on leads.

Lindsey was just 10 years old when she vanished. She now would be 12 if she is still alive.

Melissa Baum, Lindsey's mother, says she last saw her daughter before she went to visit a friend on the Friday evening she went missing.

She says Lindsey argued with her brother on her way to her friend's house. Lindsey talked to her friend for a bit, then started for home as darkness fell.

The friend's father, Scott Williams, said he asked Lindsey to go home before it got too dark.

"She was here 10, 15 minutes, and then, you know, we said, 'You should probably get going before it gets dark,' and that was the last we heard of her," he said.

Witnesses say Lindsey seemed normal as she headed out around 9:15 p.m. Another friend even walked her part of the way, but Lindsey never showed up at her home.

Lindsey's mother said her daughter had never tried to run away before.

Hundreds of people have been interviewed since Lindsey's disappearance. Cell phone records have been compiled, dozens of searches have been conducted, surveillance videos have been checked.

But authorities still do not have a suspect.

Anyone with information as to the whereabouts of Lindsey Baum is asked to call 1-866-915-8299 or 360-249-6070 ext. 574.