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Author Topic: Lindsey Baum, 10y missing from McCleary, WA 6/26/09 #1  (Read 575723 times)
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« Reply #860 on: July 04, 2009, 01:03:22 AM »

This is the story. It has a ton of information but also raises more questions for me.

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Lindsey Baum is afraid of the dark.

She’s also a bit superstitious.

Combine the two and during the so-called Witching Hour between midnight and 1 a.m., the 10-year-old McCleary girl won’t even set foot out the door, her family says.

Her mother Melissa Baum describes an incident a few weeks ago in which Lindsey had left something in the family car late at night and wanted to retrieve it but wouldn’t go out until the Witching Hour was over.

That’s why it makes no sense to Baum that her little girl would have wandered away late at night. Baum and members of her family think Lindsey was abducted when she was walking back from a friend’s house some four blocks from her home, where she lives with her mom and 12-year-old brother, Josh.

“What else is there?” said family friend Melissa McCann. “She didn’t just get abducted by aliens. It’s not just ‘Poof, she’s gone.’ She’s not a runaway. We’ve known that from the beginning.”

Grays Harbor Undersheriff Rick Scott said an abduction scenario is entirely possible, but investigators are also not discounting the notion that Lindsey ran away from home or got hurt somewhere and couldn’t get back home. They aren’t ruling out anything. Searchers have been looking for her high and low since she went missing Friday night.

Her family is holding out hope for her return, especially by her 11th birthday, which is next Tuesday.
 

 


Melissa Baum said Lindsey’s birthday wish was for a digital camera so she could upload pictures to her computer.

Lindsey was in Girl Scouts. She went to church at the Evergreen Christian Center in McCleary, an offshoot of a larger church in west Olympia. She sometimes worked the front counter at Baum’s store in Elma, a “dollar store.”

 She didn’t spend much time watching television but she loved using the computer, including the popular social networking site MySpace and hanging with her friends, according to her family. MySpace.com lists two Lindsey Baums in McCleary with MySpace pages.

One, with a picture of Lindsey’s pet German Shepherd on the page, is marked “private.” It lists her mood as “adored” and the name of her account as “DISTURBED.” But it gives no other public information.

A second MySpace account is more public. Her nickname there is TWILIGHT FREAK. She loved the popular “Twilight” series of books, love stories about teen-age vampires. And Stephen King novels. And S.E Hinton, who wrote “The Outsiders.”

She listed her best friends as her personal heroes. And said she wants to have children “someday.”

She also described herself a little older — 13 years old,  instead of 10. And taller — 5-foot-2 instead of her 4-foot-9 stature.

Cryptically, within two hours of creating this second MySpace account in May, Baum allegedly wrote: “I’ve been getting a lot of nightmares lately and I have this bad feeling that something bad is gonna happen.”
The family doesn’t know why she wrote it. Neither does Undersheriff Scott.

Scott said the comment and some other smatterings of clues initially led police to believe that Lindsey might have faked her disappearance. That thought is out the window as investigators now enter their fifth day of searching.

“Surely, she would have returned by now,” Scott said.

The Baum family moved to McCleary about two years ago without husband and father Scott, who remained in Tennessee. Eventually, the relationship broke apart, family members said. And Scott, who is in the military, stayed in Tennessee.
Police have contacted the father and say he has not had contact with Lindsey in some time.
McCann said she has known Melissa Baum for 30 years. They were in Girl Scouts together and grew up in the Lacey area. She encouraged the family to move back to Washington state.
McCleary was a natural fit because McCann lives in nearby Elma.

Baum attended school for a short while in Elma, near the McCann home. But this year, she enrolled as a fifth-grader at McCleary School. Her mom said she got along very well with her teacher Lynn Bolster.

With a group of girls, sometimes she would walk to school, which is just a few blocks farther than where she disappeared. Most times she would ride the school bus.The divorce was causing her grades to suffer, her mom thinks. And friends of Lindsey said she was missing a fair share of school days because of “stress.”

“Lindsey was having a hard time this school year,” Melissa Baum said. “This was not a good year for her — with the divorce and everything.”
Still, Lindsey enjoyed writing and continued to do so anytime she had a free moment. The police have been combing her writings looking for clues as to her disappearance.

“She sits and writes notes and poems,” her mother said. “She’s won a couple of contests for her writing. This last year she won second place for the fifth-grade writing competition.”

When she was living in Tennessee, her family says she was part of a special summer writing program at the University of Tennessee. She won a scholarship to be part of it.

The experience made her want to be a professional writer.

But she also has other dreams — like being an artist. Her family said she’d love to write and illustrate her own book, in fact.

She also loves animals and flirted with the idea of being a veterinarian. She had cared for her 5-year-old German shepherd Kadence since the dog was a puppy.

Lindsey’s room is now blocked off with police tape. Yet the dog still has found a way to sneak in. The family’s had to get creative in figuring out ways to make sure the room stays secure.

“She’s Lindsey’s dog,” her mom said. “She slept with Lindsey.”

Now the dog is following brother Josh just about everywhere he goes and has been looking all over the neighborhood for Lindsey on her own.

Josh says Kadence won’t even eat her own dog food because Lindsey’s not around. They have to feed her hot dogs.

Eating and sleeping is taking its toll on the family too.

Baum said she would like to be out there looking for her daughter. And, for a while on the night she disappeared, the mom said she did search — before and after she called the police to report her missing. But police have asked her to stay home, she said.

So she and other family members have plenty of time to just think. And watch the news. And stare at Lindey’s photos and belongings.

They’ve received phone calls or been interviewed on every regional broadcast network and on some national ones. There have been plenty of newspapers, too.

The family’s been trying hard to make Josh stay put. At one point, the 12-year-old went around the neighborhood on his bike calling out Lindsey’s name. He feels guilty because shortly before she disappeared, the two had a sibling argument over a bike.
Sometimes she could make a mountain out of a mole hill, the family says, but they don’t think any of that played into a runaway scenario.

“She’s a very emotional child,” her mom said. “We’ve always called her a drama queen.”

One of Lindsey’s best friends, 11-year-old (omited the name of a minor) said the two would hang out together at a local creek or the city park and muse about life.
“I asked her a question when I first met her about where she would go if she were to run away and I said I’d want to run away to the Bahamas. She didn’t want to.” Christina says Lindsey wanted to stay here.
 
 


her ' TWILIGHT FREAK' acct..had the bro goin' to juvi post..that was the orig acct...what is going on here???  what am i missing?
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« Reply #861 on: July 04, 2009, 01:05:49 AM »

mama that dog was there on the 28th because klaas's screen cap of that page is on the 28th. I don't remember being anything but a dog.

On the twilight page there was a lady vampire. (small)

you could be right...i don't have it bookmarked or anything like that....
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« Reply #862 on: July 04, 2009, 01:07:16 AM »

Her brother either didn't get sent to juvie and she just thought he might be going or he went and didn't have to stay long.

Her brother is not currently in juvie and wasn't at the time of her going missing.
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« Reply #863 on: July 04, 2009, 01:08:38 AM »

i need help (of the Monkey kind/other)...this is not right
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« Reply #864 on: July 04, 2009, 01:09:32 AM »

Her brother either didn't get sent to juvie and she just thought he might be going or he went and didn't have to stay long.

Her brother is not currently in juvie and wasn't at the time of her going missing.
i don't know either way...it's her 'myspace'
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« Reply #865 on: July 04, 2009, 01:10:11 AM »

What isn't right?
The comments in the article about her twilight account were also on the myspace page, made on a earlier date.
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« Reply #866 on: July 04, 2009, 01:11:26 AM »

Her brother either didn't get sent to juvie and she just thought he might be going or he went and didn't have to stay long.

Her brother is not currently in juvie and wasn't at the time of her going missing.
i don't know either way...it's her 'myspace'

Yes it her myspace. I don't understand your point. Sorry. Smile
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« Reply #867 on: July 04, 2009, 01:12:00 AM »

maybe i'm not right...headed to the monkey bunkey
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« Reply #868 on: July 04, 2009, 01:13:32 AM »

maybe i'm not right...headed to the monkey bunkey

I am sure you are just right. I just don't understand what you are saying. I am glad to help if I can. Smile

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« Reply #869 on: July 04, 2009, 01:18:25 AM »

Lindsey had two myspace accounts.

The DISTURBED one with the dog pic and the TWILIGHT FREAK one.

The DISTURBED one was logged into by a friend with her PW after Lindsey went missing to remove the "i'm in lindsey's myspace is cool" message. They must have also made the page private because it wasn't before.

The TWILIGHT ONE hasn't been logged into since she went missing.

The cops were aware early on about both pages and have been monitoring them and investigating them.
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« Reply #870 on: July 04, 2009, 01:22:39 AM »

pink angel thats where i got mixed up..i HAD no IDEA that a friend had logged in after her on the DISTURBED site...monkey hugs??
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« Reply #871 on: July 04, 2009, 01:24:09 AM »

I have been looking all over the net for any other places lindsey might have posted anything.  she liked to write, I wonder if she wrote online at all?  has anyone else been trying to find her anywhere else on the net? 
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« Reply #872 on: July 04, 2009, 01:25:28 AM »

::monkey hugs::

Why didn't you say so? LOL!

See, I am glad I eased your fears. We were worried about that early on but KaraK (Kayla's mom) shared that information with us about the friend with the PW logging in. 
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« Reply #873 on: July 04, 2009, 01:26:32 AM »

her Twilight 'myspace' is where she wanted bro to go to juvi...??
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« Reply #874 on: July 04, 2009, 01:29:02 AM »

whats PW???
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« Reply #875 on: July 04, 2009, 01:29:03 AM »

I have been looking all over the net for any other places lindsey might have posted anything.  she liked to write, I wonder if she wrote online at all?  has anyone else been trying to find her anywhere else on the net? 

I looked all over and found nothing. Unless she posted under a username (like pinkmonkey is my user name) that we are unaware of.

LE mentioned they took Lindsey's computer, I wonder if they took Kara's too (the one that the girls might have been on. If she using a friend's computer to do myspace stuff, there might be clues on there that isn't on her computer.

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« Reply #876 on: July 04, 2009, 01:33:13 AM »

her Twilight 'myspace' is where she wanted bro to go to juvi...??

Yes, it has different entries. Like status updates. From the end of the May when she created the page to the time she went missing.

One of the entries on June 17 (IIRC) mentioned that she was glad her brother was going to juvie tomorrow.

Now, we don't have confirmation he was ever going to juvie or that he went to juvie. We do know he wasn't in juvie when she went missing last week though.
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« Reply #877 on: July 04, 2009, 01:35:15 AM »

PW = password.

I am guessing her friend and her set up the disturbed page and that's how the friend knew the password or she shared her PW with the friend.
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« Reply #878 on: July 04, 2009, 01:39:20 AM »

sorry (hug to ALL MONKEYS) but i believe there is BIG MONKEY business concerning Lindsey and her having '2' 'myspace at 10.  say's a lot.....pinkangle could be correct, i could be correct,  heck..cast your theory NOW....
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« Reply #879 on: July 04, 2009, 01:49:50 AM »

sorry (hug to ALL MONKEYS) but i believe there is BIG MONKEY business concerning Lindsey and her having '2' 'myspace at 10.  say's a lot.....pinkangle could be correct, i could be correct,  heck..cast your theory NOW....

I don't disagree with you about having two myspace pages at 10. I find that disturbing to say the least!

I have real issues with young people being on these social network sites posting pictures of themselves, putting their name, school name, other identifying information out there. There are sickos that troll those sites looking for targets. It's scary and dangerous. imo
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