The Murder of Lindsey Baum

By Flavio Sette

Above: Lindsey Baum’s missing poster, widely circulated around McCleary, Washington before her remains were found

Ten year old Lindsey Baum vanished at some point while walking home from a friend’s house in McCleary, Washington state, on the evening of June 26th, 2009. In September of 2017, eight years after Baum went missing, skeletal remains were found in a densely wooded area west of Ellensburg, Washington. The remains were taken to the FBI laboratory in Virginia, where DNA analysis was conducted. In May of 2018, the Grays Harbor County Sherriff’s Department announced that they were Baum’s remains, and that she is believed to have been abducted and murdered.

The Sherriff’s Department is working alongside the FBI on the case. Investigators have yet to reveal what has lead them to determine that foul play was involved in Baum’s death.

If you have any information related to the death of Lindsey Baum, please call 360-964-1799 or send an e-mail to


Burton, L. (2018). ‘We need justice’: Lindsey Baum’s mother makes first public statement. The Seattle Post-Intelligencer, June 14. Available from:

Lee, J. (2018). Homicide investigation opened after remains ID’d as Grays Harbor County girl who disappeared in 2009. The Seattle Times, May 15. Available from:

Meyers, D.W. (2018). Land where Lindsey Baum’s remains found still closed as evidence search continues. The Seattle Times, May 21. Available from:

Philips, K. (2018). ‘We’ve brought Lindsey home’: Remains of 10-year-old girl who vanished in 2009 have been found. The Washington Post, May 13. Available from:

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