ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The search for clues in the kidnap and murder of 10-year-old Lindsey Baum has moved to Ellensburg, eight months after hunters found her remains there.
This, nearly nine years after Baum disappeared from her home 170 miles west of Ellensburg in McCleary, Washington.
Nearly two dozen search and rescue crews scoured the rugged terrain 20 miles west of Ellensburg looking for evidence in Baum's disappearance.
The Kittitas County Sheriff's office now says they have no plans to resume their search Monday. They are now trying to decide ''their next steps.''
All of this is surprising twist to the people who live in Ellensburg.
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"I'm an anthropologist," said Ellie Masters. "We talk a lot about forensics and things like that."
Still, Masters had not heard about Baum's disappearance.
But even Masters could imagine someone trying to hide a body here.
"It's pretty open," she said. "I go out the woods a lot. It's a big, open city. It's a desert, basically."
Greg Hanson of Pasco, in Ellensburg to celebrate Mother's Day, says he can imagine it too.
"It kinda makes sense if someone's going to, you know, kidnap and haul a long way away," Hanson said. "It'd be along here."
Grays Harbor County Sheriff Rick Scott announced the stunning news last Thursday.
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