LINDSEY BAUM – ENDANGERED MISSING June 26, 2009 – UPDATED 04.10.2013
Date of Birth: July 7, 1998
Height: 4’9” Weight: 80 lbs
Hair: Brown Eyes: Brown
Missing: June 26, 2009 From: McCleary, WA
Distinguishing Features: Lindsey has a dark brown birthmark on her RIGHT wrist. She has a scar above her LEFT eye, and has colored fillings in her teeth.
Lindsey was last seen at 9:15PM on June 26, 2009, when she left a friend’s house. She said she was walking home, a walk which should take about 10 minutes, but was never seen or heard from again. Lindsey’s curfew was at 10:00PM, when she had not arrived home by 11:00PM, her mother reported her disappearance to the police. An extensive search was launched, which turned up no indications as to Lindsey’s whereabouts. The last person to see Lindsey was a neighbor who drove past her on the street when she was about half way home.
The day of Lindsey’s disappearance she had gotten into a fight with her brother, and had been under a large amount of stress over her parents’ recent divorce. Everyone who knows Lindsey has stated that she would never run away. Especially considering that she left her money, cell phone, and clothes behind, not to mention she was afraid of the dark and hated to be alone at night, the possibility of a run away quickly ceased being a possibility. Authorities checked her computer and internet history, but found little of interest and no evidence that anyone Lindsey communicated with online could have been involved in her disappearance.
Lindsey’s father resides in Tennessee, and she had not seen him for a year prior to her disappearance, however the two maintained regular phone contact. Her father, a member of the Tennessee National Guard, was scheduled to be deployed to Iraq in July 2009.
Both Lindsey’s mother and the father of the friend Lindsey was last visiting with, offered to take polygraph tests and passed. As the days passed with no sign of Lindsey, the police investigation turned into a criminal investigation and it is believed she was abducted.
The only lead that police have been able to turn up, is a person of interest, Timothy Hartman. Hartman had told authorities that he wasn`t in town on the day of Lindsey`s disappearance, however video surveillance was found of him making a purchase at Mike`s Market in McCleary at 9:15PM on the night she vanished. Authorities searched Hartman`s home and business in October 2011, removing some items. A search warrant shows some of the items seized were, “apparent finger nail from passenger side of car, ropes and straps, numerous computers and computer storage devices, pink sheet with unknown stains, brown duffel bag with assumed human hair, hand written notes regarding missing child“. It all sounds pretty damning, however authorities have not arrested Hartman on any charges. Hartman states he made an honest mistake and really hadn`t remembered where he was on the night in question, and maintains his innocence in Lindsey`s disappearance.
Lindsey is described as an intelligent, talkative and mature young girl. Unfortunately the circumstances surrounding this little girl`s disappearance remain a mystery. However her family maintains the hope that Lindsey will be brought home soon.
There is a reward for $35,000.00 for anyone that can provide information leading to Lindsey`s recovery.
More information I was able to find about Timothy Hartman, and it only gets even more stomach turning.
After law enforcement confronted Hartman with the video of himself in a local convenience store, he claims he had made a mistake on his timing of where he was on the night of Lindsey’s disappearance, but maintains that he does not remember ever being in the store. He had given authorities a ‘certificate’ showing that he had been in a class until 9:00 PM in another town and could not have made it back to McClearly by 9:15 PM. The FBI squashed this claim quickly after discovering the class was actually over at 8:15 PM, giving Hartman plenty of time to get back to McCleary before the time Lindsey was abducted.
Remember I said it gets worse, well it turns out that Hartman was actually a volunteer firefighter and EMT who drove an ambulance. He claims to have gone out on a call the night of Lindsey’s disappearance, but none of the counties he worked for have been able to confirm this. It is speculated by some that being in uniform and driving an ambulance, he may have offered Lindsey a ride home without detection of his motives, being in a position of ‘authority’. This really make me cringe. Parents teach their children about ‘safe people’ each and every day, and here at LTWH we encourage and even offer information on how to talk to your children about these matters. We encourage our children to trust police officers, firemen and EMT’s. We encourage them to actually approach these people for help. Having Hartman in a position like this is deplorable, and alarming for parents, and I can also imagine it is very disheartening for those who were Hartman’s superiors and peers within the fire department. Hartman went on to further state that when he returned to town, the search for Lindsey was already underway and Chief George Crumb of the McCleary Police Department asked him to join in the search. Chief Crumb doesn’t recall ever having asked Hartman to do this.
If you aren’t disgusted, angry, or creeped out enough yet, then you will be with this next little tidbit. Hartman joined the search for a while, then went home to sleep. He stated that he was not able to fall asleep, so he went back to join the search at about 1:00 AM. He ‘coincidently’ ran into Lindsey’s mother, Melissa, at this time. He proceeded to drive Melissa out to a local creek where Lindsey sometimes went to play. (Seriously? He took a missing girl’s mother out to a creek in the middle of the night, all by herself, to look for her daughter???) It turns out, that this version of Hartman’s account is not exactly correct (surprise, surprise I know). What actually happened was Hartman showed up in an area near Lindsey’s home around midnight. Lindsey’s mother noticed him and became suspicious, so she approached him. He said that he had heard about “that little girl who was missing” on his fire department radio and was looking for her. He then asked Melissa if she was Lindsey’s mom and when she replied yes, he offered to take her out behind the Simpson door plant to search for Lindsey. They searched for about an hour then left.
After that night, Hartman never helped search for Lindsey again, and actually became confrontational when asked if he would simply hang a flier in his store.
Now Hartman is whining about the investigation surrounding him, claiming it is ‘ruining his reputation’, yet continues to draw attention to himself and in doing so, is really just spotlighting himself and all the suspicious circumstances surrounding him. If he is as innocent as he claims to be, then why is he creating a three ringed circus surrounding him … it just is unsettling and only does more to incriminate him in my opinion.
When the authorities brought Hartman in for an interrogation, they administered TWO polygraph examinations on him, the first one he failed, and the second one was inconclusive.
I still have so many unanswered questions surrounding Lindsey’s disappearance, and I am going to continue to gather everything I can. Maybe some of you could offer some insight into a few things for me…
I would like to know if and when the creek was searched for Lindsey AFTER Hartman brought her mother out there to look. I would also like to know if the ambulance has a GPS unit in it, which would have in fact recorded exactly where Hartman had gone on the night of Lindsey’s disappearance. I also do not understand how this search for Lindsey was conducted that night. Where were the authorities and friends of the family during the time when Hartman appeared and took Melissa to the creek?? Surely they would have not let Melissa go on by herself with this creepy man that just appeared out of no where …. and surely law enforcement would have an organized search set up with volunteers who would be spread out (BUT ACCOUNTED FOR) looking for Lindsey in small groups. Maybe it’s just me, but the entire situation surrounding this ‘meeting’ really makes me stand up and take notice that something just isn’t quite right here.
The one thing that I know for sure and believe without a doubt, is that Melissa will fight every day until her daughter is brought home. I can’t imagine ever being in her position, but I can say that the love this woman holds for her daughter is encouraging to keep Lindsey’s story alive and in the spotlight. We won’t allow Lindsey to be forgotten or fade away, we will fight, alongside Melissa, until Lindsey is brought home. Melissa – our thoughts are with you and your family.
If you have any information regarding the disappearance of Lindsey Baum, please immediately contact the McCleary Police Department at:
The National Center For Missing & Exploited Children at: