As lighting flashed and thunder roared Wednesday evening in the skies over McCleary, Melissa Baum spoke to dozens of candle-holding community members.
“It’s been a long 10 years,” she said, since her daughter, Lindsey, was abducted and murdered on that day a decade before.
The community had gathered to dedicate a remembrance garden for Lindsey at Beerbower Park.
While Lindsey’s killer has not been caught, Baum said, the dedication was not about the investigation. She said the garden was a place where Lindsey’s “spirit could be felt, her laughter be heard.”
Local singer/songwriter Ericka Corban opened the dedication with a rendition of “Over the Rainbow,” then turned the microphone over to Michelle Ames, who spearheaded the effort to make the garden a reality.
Ames thanked the dozens of volunteers and many local businesses that helped with the garden, then introduced Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott, who has been with the investigation into Lindsey’s abduction and murder since she first disappeared June 26, 2009, on a 10-minute walk home from a friend’s house to her own, not far from where her garden now stands.
Scott recognized the agencies working with the Sheriff’s Office on the case, including the FBI, the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children and, since Lindsey’s remains were found in remote country in Central Washington in fall 2017, the Kittitas County Sheriff’s Office.
“We’ve worked seamlessly together,” Scott said. “We’ve put tens of thousands of hours (into the investigation) and will keep at it until we bring this case to a close.
“And we will bring it to close,” Scott said.