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Crews launch massive search near Ellensburg in Lindsey Baum case

Crews searched on Saturday,, May 12, 2018, near Ellensburg in the case of Lindsey Baum. (Photo: KOMO Air%)

ELLENSBURG, Wash, -- A massive search involving agencies from three states took place Saturday 20 miles west of Ellensburg in the the case of Lindsey Baum, the Grays Harbor 10-year-old who went missing in 2009.

This week, the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office said Baum's remains had been found and later identified in a remote location in Eastern Washington frequented by hunters.

The Kittitas County Sheriff's Office confirmed Saturday that the remains were found in Kittitas County.

Officials said they hoped the location of where her remains were found could provide new evidence.

There had been an initial search after the remains were found last fall before the first snowfall, the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office said. On Saturday, the search resumed since the snow had melted.

There were 29 dog teams, as well as investigators and search and rescue crews from three counties. Dog teams came from nine Washington counties and one from Idaho, the Kittitas Sheriff's Office said. There were tracking teams from King County, Idaho and Montana.

Clayton Myers, undersheriff in Kittitas County, said in a news release that the search is taking place in a steep, heavily timbered location. It has large cliffs and deep ravines.

"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," Myers said in a release

Hunters found her remains in September 2017, but it wasn't until recently that the FBI identified the remains. The Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office said the delay was because the remains were not initially associated with a criminal case.

Lindsey was last seen at 9:15 p.m. on June 26, 2009, when she left a friend's home on Maple Street in the Grays Harbor County town of McClearly,.

Lindsey was going to walk the four blocks to her home on Mommsen Road - roughly a 10-minute walk. But something happened in that short distance - Lindsey never arrived home.

Numerous searches took place in the hours and days after she vanished, and bloodhounds were brought in - but no sign of the missing girl was ever found.

Her case attracted national attention in the aftermath of her disappearance. She was featured on the cover of People magazine, and a large reward was offered for information.


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