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Sad birthday for missing McCleary.Washington girl Lindsey Baum

Posted by A Million People for the Missing on June 25, 2011 at 9:20 AM

Missing girl's mom: 'Not giving up till we find her'

Sad birthday for missing McCleary girl

Published 06:38 a.m., Friday, July 8, 2011

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MCCLEARY, Wash. (AP) — There were balloons and cake in McCleary, but sadly the birthday girl remains missing.

Members of the Lindsey Baum search task force met in McCleary Thursday with Lindsey's mother, Melissa Baum, to mark her 13th birthday.

KXRO reports Melissa Baum released two balloons into the air in honor of her daughter.

Lindsey was 10 years old when she went missing June 26, 2009, while walking home from a friend's house.

Read more: http://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/Sad-birthday-for-missing-McCleary-girl-1457764.php#ixzz1RYQrwRu4

Missing girl's mom: 'Not giving up till we find her' By Elizabeth Dinh Published: Jun 26, 2011 at 7:45 PM PDT Melissa Baum wipes away a tear as she talks about her missing daughter, Lindsey. MCCLEARY, Wash. - The mother of a young girl who vanished without a trace two years ago on Sunday says she sometimes dreams about her daughter coming home. "Different scenarios, but she's home, and I can hold her," says Melissa Baum, mother of missing Lindsey Baum, through her heartache and tears. "I look forward to her coming home," Melissa says. "I still believe she's out there - not giving up till we find her." Lindsey Baum vanished while walking home from a friend's house on June 26, 2009, in the small town of McCleary in Grays Harbor County. It was only a 10-minute walk from one house to the other, but Lindsey was never seen again. The search for her continues. In the 730 days since then, Lindsey's mom has seen her life turned upside down. But she has not lost hope that her daughter will one day return. "Two years ago, I was a single mom, working mom, raising two kids and that's not the case anymore," says Melissa. "The only thing that hasn't changed is my determination to find Lindsey and the love that I have for her." Lindsey Baum Today, there's yet to be any trace of Lindsey. Melissa says it's not just her daughter who's missing, it's her best friend. "We did everything together," she says. Melissa doesn't live in McCleary anymore. But on Sunday she and some friends and family members met at the town's lone park, marking the somber day her daughter disappeared. The visit brings mixed feelings, but it helped her to remind others to keep looking for Lindsey. A donor recently added another $5,000 to the reward for finding Lindsey - making it $35,000 for anyone who knows where she is. And in just a couple of weeks, her family and friends invite everyone to come back to the park in McCleary - to celebrate what will be Lindsey's 13th birthday.

McCLEARY, Wash. -- As the second anniversary of the disappearance of Lindsey Baum approaches, authorities have increased the reward in her case.

The reward was increased Friday from $30,000 to $35,000, according to the Grays Harbor County Sheriff's Office.

Baum was 10-years-old when she was last seen walking towards her McCleary home June 26, 2009.

Investigators have put up a billboard in McCleary and along Interstate 5 near Tacoma to raise awareness over the anniversary weekend.

Anyone with information on the case is asked to call (866) 915-8299


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