'America's Missing': Lindsey Baum, 10, 'just never made it home'
Lindsey Baum was last seen on June 26, 2009.
January 18th, 2011
09:10 AM ET

'America's Missing': Lindsey Baum, 10, 'just never made it home'

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 was 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.

"It was just a normal beautifully sunny day," her mother Melissa Baum recalled.

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

"She just never made it home," Melissa Baum said.

Baum spoke with HLN's Nancy Grace on the first night of a series that aims to find 50 people in 50 days.

"We saw this as an opportunity to try and go back and look at the cases that remain unsolved and try again," Grace said about the special.

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

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  1. Commentanator

    Why the heck was a 10 year-old walking home alone at 9:15 pm? Did I read that part correctly. This is such a sad story.

    January 18, 2011 at 11:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Josie

      On that day, it was light out until almost ten pm, so she wasn't walking home in the dark. But I agree, that's rather late for a child of that age to be out of the house..

      January 18, 2011 at 12:57 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Kat

    I have to say, I cannot imagine a 10 year old being out & about the neighborhood at 915 alone.Do we know what time the friends mom sent her home? It indicated it was not yet "too dark". The neighborhood kids who play at our house are always walked home by either my husband or myself and they are ages 10-12.
    I pray this little girl turns up someday,safe.

    January 18, 2011 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |

    Nancy Grace? She's the worst kind of person. She's up there with Palin and Hitler. How dare she do this for ratings!

    January 18, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mrs. Morales

    I would never let a friend of my daughter's walk home alone six blocks, especially at night! What is wrong with people?

    January 27, 2011 at 4:07 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Brenda Smith

    My heart and prayer goes to this poor child and his family. I hope the suspect would pay for what he has done to the Baum family. As a mother, I am looking forward that this kind of abuse should not happen again for the other young children. I believed this incident will be prevented if they have the safety solutions just like what I am using for the safety of my daughter. It's a mobile personal safety solution that she could access her family, friends, and the police through a one-click emergency alert if a dangerous situation occurs. If needed, routes the emergency directly to the nearest 911 dispatcher. For more on kids safety protection just check this out http://safekidzone.com/

    March 12, 2011 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Rene

    This child was only 10 yrs. old! She was 6 blocks away from home and was allowed to walk home alone after 9:00 p m. She had a cell phone and a facebook account. Please tell me what this mother was thinking. I don't care how they try and play it down, 6 blocks is too far for a 10 yr. old girl to be walking alone at any time of the day with all these perverts lurking. Some pervert had probably been keeping up with her habits via facebook.

    March 15, 2011 at 9:30 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Heidi Murrell

    I am an avid watcher of programs dedicated to finding missing persons, and so much of this case reminds me of an abduction and murder that took place in South Kingston, RI in 1972. It is the case where a young boy, about the same age as this child, walking home from a friends home and went missing. The police in that case did door-to-door searches, with the exception of one house on the same street. The search and rescue dogs were brought out and the trail ended. 3 years later, the same abductor tried to take the paperboy, but thankfully the paperboy got away. The police then searched this neighbors home and found the skeletal remains of the earlier victim displayed on this guys dresser. Details came out that he had taken the boy right off the street as he was passing this house and no trace was found to the childs whereabouts, until the police found a journal this monster kept, which told a horrific story of killing this chilld, stuffing him in the basement freezer for months, and then cannibalizing the corpse. Have the police done a house -to-house search of the homes along this route that Lindsey had taken or at least from the point where she was last seen? My thoughts and prayers go out to this family in hopes that Lindsey is still alive. I cannot believe she would have run away at that age, and the poor mother could go on punishing herself about what if's and why's. The truth is that we all need to be vigilant in keeping an eye on todays youths, neighbors, friends and families and STOP blaming this mother. Instead, lets help bring her daughter home.

    March 15, 2011 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse |
  8. rocke fonte

    Profilers inc., know that Lindsey Baum was being Stalked by a White Vehicle. What have LE done 2 Isolate this Vehicle.

    March 16, 2011 at 2:37 am | Report abuse |