Father of murdered California girl helping McCleary family
07:01 PM PDT on Thursday, August 27, 2009
Klaas’ father hopes to bring renewed attention to the disappearance of 11-year-old Lindsey Baum.

Mark Klaas’ foundation, Klaas Kids, is organizing volunteer searches around McCleary this weekend.

Klaas has been in touch with the Baum family all summer.

“We’re a fraternity of survivors,” said Klaas. “It becomes very therapeutic for people like me to be able to go out and help others.”

Baum’s mother is still waiting to celebrate her daughter’s 12th birthday, which passed in July.

“I don’t care who has her, I don’t care where she is, I just want her back, “ Melissa Baum told KING-5 News.

Melissa Baum appreciates the help from Klaas Kids because she feels anything that keeps her daughter’s story in the public could help locate her.

“I really and truly have a very strong faith I’m going to get her back,” said Baum.

Video: Mother has renewed hope for missing McCleary girl

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August 28, 2009
The reward has been increased for information leading to the return or whereabouts of a missing McCleary girl. Lindsey Baum has been missing for over five weeks and investigators are now offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the 11 year old McCleary girl. Undersheriff Rick Scott says the money is being posted by Crimestoppers and the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children. Lindsey went missing while walking home from a friends house on the night of June 26th. Anyone with any information is asked to call 866 915 8299.P>

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Searchers renew their efforts
Friday, August 28, 2009 11:13 AM PDT
Melissa Baum struggled to describe her missing 11-year-old daughter to more than 40 potential search volunteers gathered Thursday night at the McCleary Community Center.

“She’s just an outgoing, bright little girl,” Baum said, a large photo of Lindsey smiling on the wall behind her.

Several volunteers teared up alongside Baum as she spoke at the community meeting to launch new search efforts today and throughout the weekend with support from national missing child organizations.

Coordinators from the Laura Recovery Center and the KlaasKIDS Foundation came to McCleary this weekend to rally new resources and volunteers around finding Lindsey.

“I’m thrilled,” Baum said. “I’m really excited about it.”

“There is hope,” she said. “Kids come home every day.”

Volunteers were scheduled to start registering this morning. The organizations would be leading teams through the streets passing out fliers and hanging red, white and blue ribbons in Lindsey’s honor.

Davis said teams will also comb nearby neighborhoods and wooded areas, re-searching areas scoured during the first days after Lindsey went missing.

Mark Klaas, whose daughter was kidnapped and killed in 1993, said the work of the KlaasKIDS Foundation and Laura Recovery Center has helped many families in recent years.

“Children have been found as a result of our efforts,” he said.

Organizers said the search will go on as long as possible, starting today and stretching to Sunday if needed. Klaas encouraged the volunteers at the center to contact friends, neighbors, coworkers — anyone who could join the effort and help expand the search area.

“If we get 300 people,” he said, “we’ll go a lot farther than if we get 30 people.”

Baum also asked anyone with private property that included large forested areas, abandoned buildings or abandoned vehicles to check their property for any sign of Lindsey.

Melissa Baum, standing in front of a photo of her missing 11-year-old daughter Lindsey, tears up as she speaks to more than 40 volunteers at a community gathering outlining new search efforts.

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Volunteers search for missing McCleary girl
Updated Aug 28, 2009 - 9:14 pm
Volunteers have set up a search center with the help of two national missing child assistance groups, The KlaasKIDS Foundation and the Laura Recovery Center.

Lindsey's mother Melissa Baum says she's confident they're going to find Lindsey. "I absolutely believe she's alive and we're going to find her. We're going to do it, I'm not going to stop until we do."

The group searches began Friday morning at 9 a.m. and will continue through the weekend. Volunteers must be 18 years or older and present a valid ID at the sign up station at the McCleary Community Center.