Press Release


Large forensic search continues in Manastash area today

Kittitas County, WA - 5/20/18 - Volunteer search teams and law enforcement officials from across the state continue a large scale forensic search in the Manastash area today. Investigators are searching for anything that may be related to the skeletal remains found last fall that were later identified as those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl last seen on June 26, 2009, in McCleary, WA, on her way home from a friend’s house.

Search efforts over the past two weekends have drawn nearly 200 volunteers and law enforcement officials and 22 K9 teams from across the region.  The search is believed to be one of the largest in state history based on the number of personnel involved.
The search area covers approximately two square miles and is located roughly 20 miles west of Ellensburg, and is described as steep and heavily timbered with large cliffs and deep ravines.
Forest Service Road 3100 in the Manastash area remains closed at Barber Springs and Buck Meadows.  An update regarding the closure will be provided early next week.  The Sheriff’s Office would like to express continued appreciation for the public’s cooperation and patience with the closures.
The Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office is working in conjunction with the Grays Harbor Sheriff’s Office and the FBI.  Grays Harbor S.O. and the FBI continue to lead the investigation into Baum’s disappearance.
Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the tip line at 360-964-1799, or email

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Contact: Undersheriff Clay Myers
Kittitas County Sheriff's Office