'America's Missing': After leaving friend's house, Lindsey Baum disappears
Lindsey Baum was last seen on June 26, 2009.
January 17th, 2011
03:36 PM ET

'America's Missing': After leaving friend's house, Lindsey Baum disappears

Editor's note: HLN is airing a special "Nancy Grace: America’s Missing" with the goal of trying to find 50 people over the next 50 days. Nancy Grace will take a look at several cases across the country in hopes of  helping to solve them. This is the first case.

Ten-year-old Lindsey Baum was at her friend's home six blocks in away in McCleary, Washington, on June 26, 2009, when her friend's mom thought she should begin the walk home before it got too dark.

She was last seen at 9:15 p.m. in the neighborhood and never made it home.

Baum’s story will be the first installment featured Monday night on "Nancy Grace: America’s Missing" live at 9 p.m. ET only on HLN.

For more information on Baum, her description, and information to contact authorities, visit Nancy Grace's blog.

iReport: Your stories of missing loved ones

Other resources:

CUE Missing Persons: The hunt for Lindsey Baum

CNN affiliate KATU's coverage of Lindsey Baum case:

Police focusing on person of interest in missing girl case
More surveillance video released in search for Lindsey Baum

Search still active for Lindsey Baum

Lindsey Baum's disappearance still a mystery

Watch Nancy Grace Monday through Sunday starting at 8 p.m. ET on HLN. For the latest from Nancy Grace click here.

soundoff (97 Responses)
  1. Robbyn

    It's painfully obvious many mistakes were made & there is plenty of blame to go around in this case. However talking about what shouldve been done isn't going to bring her or any other missing person home. If we ALL put pen to paper or the internet to work maybe we can make more parents & lawmakers aware of just how serious things like this are. There is a really good program called "Saftey School" I think put on by SCI – Serice Corporation International (a cemetary & funeral corporation ) a Dignity Memorial Provider that teachs safety to children. All schools & childrens groups should check it out.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
  2. nick l.

    Child molesters will burn in hell. I pray they find this and all missing children.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  3. Jeffision

    When will people begin to understand that picket fence america is dead. 10 year old children need supervision and protection everywhere in the U.S. I'd never let a 10 year old girl walk 6 blocks unprotected at that time of night.

    January 18, 2011 at 1:43 am | Report abuse |
  4. fran weinstein

    I used to sedate my children,that way they went out after dark

    January 18, 2011 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  5. a prayer

    God has never left america. We must let him enter in our heart and lead us to the right directions. america has forgotten "GOD" I hope this family finds this innocent girl. We must learn from this. And protect our children's.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Aussie oioi

      I don't believe in a god because of cases like this. No all powerful being stopped this from happening (plus I (an atheist) don't hurt other people's children)).

      January 18, 2011 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  6. Babs arnold

    A mistake was made and it turned tragic. Weve all made mistakes. Im sure the friends mom is blaming herself and wishing she could go back and change things but its done. Stop damning the poor woman. Obviously the mother is to blame also. It was a tragic mistake.

    January 18, 2011 at 2:56 am | Report abuse |
    • Aussie oioi

      I wonder if there were any other people visiting her friend's house at the time she was there.

      January 18, 2011 at 3:00 am | Report abuse |
  7. nikki

    i've noticed a lot of people talkin about the time of day this little girl came up missing...get a grip. kids come up missing whether it be 9am or 9pm.look at little bianca lebron she was with her teacher waiting in line at school when she was abducted,middle of the morning...these child predators don't care what time of day it is, they take what they want when they want. Yes the mother of the friend should have atleast walked her home, seen her to the doorstep,but bashing her and making her feel responsible is not bringing this or anyone else's kid home. this is nobodys fault bit the person that abducted her. i pray she comes home.this world disgusts me, you can't even leave your children in your own fenced backyard with out having to look over your shoulder constantly.

    January 18, 2011 at 4:26 am | Report abuse |
  8. geny

    My prayers are with the family.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:21 am | Report abuse |
  9. Matthew

    I don't believe CNN runs these stories with any real sense of benevolence. They write these kind of headlines all the time to get readers and advertisers. I pray for all these victims and their families.

    January 18, 2011 at 5:54 am | Report abuse |
  10. tiabear

    There was a time when you could leave a door unlocked and neighbors would walk in our homes without question. After our tv got stolen things began to change. We locked our doors after that. Then someones daughter from sparta michigan was kidnapped. Then we could not walk alone anymore. When some women from grand rapids came up missing and found murdered in rockford ichigan. No one went anywhere. It seemed no one left their homes at all until the murderer was caught.

    January 18, 2011 at 6:37 am | Report abuse |
  11. Raj

    For a second I thought it's Lindsey Lohan but my hopes were dashed soon....

    January 18, 2011 at 6:38 am | Report abuse |
  12. helenhull102951

    Let's all quit playing the blame game and pray for the family, friends and mostly for the children that are missing... My prayers go out to each and every child and the familys. My God have "NO MERCY" on the perverts that pray on any child !!! When they get caught and they will these perverts deserve nothing more than instant death..

    January 18, 2011 at 7:56 am | Report abuse |
  13. JennFla

    It doesn't matter the reason why the little girl was walking home by herself what matters is this child needs to be found why don't stop passing judgment for 2 mins and help find the little girl that's the point not point fingers at the moms I know ya'll have NEVER made a mistake!

    January 18, 2011 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. Emily Swanse Ma

    What was done is done and there is now way to fix it! These so called adults did not know any better to do what would be safe for this child. That is the adults fault for letting this child walk alone. They should have kept her there till the child had a ride home or an a smart adult to take her home.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:04 am | Report abuse |
  15. Someone's Mom

    Perhaps you people could withhold your judgement, since you don't actually know anything about that night. There are way more than six blocks in my immediate neighborhood, the blocks are small and there a kids out playing, walking and riding constantly. That's part of why we chose this neighborhood. Add in long summer days, and I can't cast a single stone. A child vanishing isn't anyone's fault except the one who took her. Hindsight is always 20/20. Don't you think every adult in this situation can see something they could have done differently? Ease up. Back off. Pray and hope for the little girl. Or don't. But keep your mouth shut unless you've walked in their shoes.

    January 18, 2011 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • Garglehead

      I agreed with you up to the point of you being judgmental about people’s opinions. But I guess you being judgmental is ok huh....

      January 18, 2011 at 9:04 am | Report abuse |
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