Lindsey Jo Baum

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Top Two Rows and Bottom Three From Left: Lindsey, circa 2009;
Bottom Far Right: Age-progression to age 14 (circa 2012)

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Vital Statistics at Time of Disappearance

  • Missing Since: June 26, 2009 from McCleary, Washington
  • Classification: Endangered Missing
  • Date of Birth: July 7, 1998
  • Age: 10 years old
  • Height and Weight: 4'9, 80 pounds
  • Distinguishing Characteristics: Caucasian female. Brown hair, brown eyes. Lindsey has a dark brown birthmark on the inside of her right wrist and a scar above her left eye. She's right-handed and her ears are pierced. Her nicknames are LJ, Sassy and Sissy. Lindsey has colored fillings in her teeth.
  • Clothing/Jewelry Description: A light blue or gray long-sleeve hooded pullover shirt, blue jeans with tears at the knees, black leather slip-on sneakers with geometric designs, and a mismatched blue, orange and white bikini swimsuit.
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    Details of Disappearance

    Lindsey was last seen at 9:15 p.m. on June 26, 2009, when she left a friend's residence on Maple Street in McCleary, Washington. She planned to walk to her own home on on Mommsen Road. The journey should have taken about ten minutes, but Lindsey never arrived. Her curfew was at 10:00 p.m. At 10:50 p.m., her mother reported her disappearance to police. An extensive search of the area turned up no indication of Lindsey's whereabouts; she has never been heard from again. The last person known to have seen her was a neighbor who drove past her on Maple Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets, about halfway between Lindsey's home and her friend's home.

    The day of her disappearance Lindsey got into an argument with her brother, and she was reportedly stressed over her parents' recent divorce. Her loved ones stated, however, that she had no history of runaway behavior and they don't believe she would have left on her own. She left her money, clothes and cellular phone behind, and she's afraid of the dark and doesn't like to be alone at night. Police checked her computer and her internet history, but found little of interest and no evidence that anyone Lindsey communicated with online could have been involved in her disappearance. Lindsey's father lives in Tennessee and she hadn't seen him for about a year prior to her disappearance, but they maintained regular contact by phone. Her father, a member of the Tennessee National Guard, was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq in July 2009. Both Lindsey's mother and the father of the friend she was visiting that night volunteered for and passed polygraph tests. After days passed with no sign of Lindsey, police concluded she'd probably been abducted.

    Timothy Hartman, who owns Hartman's Jewelry and Repair on Fourth Street in McCleary, has been identified as a person of interest in Lindsey's disappearance. He had told authorities he wasn't in town on the day she vanished, but authorities found video surveillance footage of him making a purchase at Mike's Market in McCleary at 9:15 p.m. that day. Two other women were in the store at the same time as Hartman and authorities would like to identify and speak with them; photos of the women are posted below this case summary. Authorities searched Hartman's home and store in October 2011 and removed some items. Hartman stated he had made an honest mistake and really hadn't remembered where he was on the night in question, and maintains his innocence in Lindsey's disappearance.

    Lindsey is described as an intelligent, talkative and mature young girl. She wanted to be an author, illustrator and veterinarian when she grew up. Investigators stated they had little evidence as to what caused Lindsey's disappearance; her case remains unsolved.

    Witness 1 Witness 2
    Above Images: Unidentified possible witnesses

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    Investigating Agency
    If you have any information concerning this case, please contact:
    McCleary Police Department
    360-533-8765

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    Source Information
    The National Center For Missing and Exploited Children
    Operation Lookout
    Lindsey Baum Missing from McCleary Washington
    America's Most Wanted
    Help Find Lindsey Baum
    MySpace Page for Lindsey Baum
    The Daily World
    KOMO 4 News
    KIRO TV
    The Olympian
    Unsolved in the News
    Tacoma/Pierce County Crime Stoppers
    Washington State Patrol
    NamUs
    Missing International

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    Updated 7 times since October 12, 2004.

    Last updated June 26, 2013; age-progression added.

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