Police in Washington said they have made an arrest in cold-case kidnapping are looking at if the suspect has ties to the Lindey Baum cold-case murder.
Police say they are looking to see if the cases are linked because the victims were from the same area of Washington. The cold-case kidnapping was from 2003 and 10-year-old Baum was kidnapped and murdered in 2009.
In 2003, a 17-year-old was kidnapped and sexually assaulted in McCleary, Washington. Although DNA was collected, no matches had been found.
The teen was abducted as she returned home, but freed herself. She went back home and her family called 911 to report the assault.
Last year, investigators submitted the DNA for genealogy testing, which led them to Paul Bieker.
Bieker was arrested by the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office this week.
The sheriff's office confirmed deputies are looking into whether he could also be responsible for Baum’s murder.
"Due to the nature and circumstances of the crime investigators are also looking into the kidnapping and murder case of Lindsey Baum who went missing on June 26th, 2009 in the city of McCleary," the Sheriff's Office stated on social media.
On June 26, Baum was last seen leaving her friend’s house around 9:30 p.m.No witnesses saw Baum walking home or saw her get into a vehicle. She simply vanished.
In Sept. 2017, hunters found a skeleton in eastern Washington, a three-hour drive and 300 miles from where she was last seen. Her remains were found.
The case has been a high-profile cold case since the remains were found. FBI and state officials continue to hunt for Baum's killer.
If anyone has any information that may be helpful in either of these cases, you can call the Lindsey Baum tip line (360) 964-1799 or email email@example.com.