A REWARD of up to $40,000 has been offered for information regarding the kidnap and murder of a 10-year-old girl.
Lindsey Baum went missing in Washington state back in 2009 – years before her remains were found in the woods hours from where she was last seen.
Investigators believe she was abducted in her hometown of McCleary while walking home from her friend’s house just a few blocks away.
In 2017, hunters found a piece of Lindsey’s skull in a deeply wooded area almost three hours away from McCleary but the rest of her remains have yet to be located, according to KCPQ-TV.
A reward of up to $40,000 has now been offered for any information leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible, according to KOMO-TV.
“I want to know where the rest of my daughter is, priority number one,” Lindsey’s mother Melissa Baum told KOMO-TV.
“All I got back of her was a piece of her skull, and this is it, right here. This is my daughter.” Melissa carries her daughter’s ashes inside a pendant necklace.
Investigators have identified several persons of interest, including Paul James Bieker, who was recently convicted of raping a teen in the same town six years before Lindsey went missing, according to Crime Online.
“Due to the nature and circumstances of the crime, investigators are also looking into the kidnapping and murder case of Lindsey Baum, who went missing on June 26th, 2009, in the city of McCleary,” investigators said.
Police have said it’s rare to have eerie similarities in both cases, in the same tiny town.
“How many people of that mindset live in these communities?” Investigator Darrin Wallace told KOMO-TV. “I wouldn’t think, not very many. So, he’s definitely a person of interest.”
Melissa can’t bear to look at old photographs of her daughter.
“I rarely stop and look directly at them because that’s still hard,” Baum told KOMO-TV as she cried. “It’s looking at her face that gets me.”
The Grays Harbor County Sheriff’s Office has four news investigators on the case and the help of the FBI, the state attorney general’s office, and the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Department.
“It’s definitely a monster. We don’t know what happened to her, but we know she ended up deceased,” said Wallace.
“Anybody who would do that to a 10-year-old girl is beyond what you and I can comprehend. It’s not normal.”
Although this case seems cold, Wallace has hope. “I do think it’s solvable, absolutely.
“My gut, it’s just someone knows something. And someone feeling comfortable enough to say, ‘this is what I know,’” said Wallace.
Melissa won’t stop until she gets justice for her daughter. “My daughter deserves to rest in peace,”
“She was a beautiful, bright 10-year-old little girl. She was a 10-year-old little girl. There was no reason for anybody to take her other than sick, vile things,” Melissa told KMOM-TV.
“If I don’t do it, who’s going to get justice for Lindsey? Who’s going to make sure her ten years on this earth count for something? I’m literally the only one she has.”