The remains of a Washington girl who went missing in 2009 were discovered by hunters in September 2017, police revealed Thursday.
Human remains that were discovered in a remote location in eastern Washington last fall were those of Lindsey Baum, a 10-year-old girl who went missing in McCleary on June 26, 2009, the Grays Harbor Sheriff's Office wrote in a Facebook post.
Sheriff Rick Scott said at a news conference that DNA was used to make a positive identification.
A homicide investigation is ongoing, the sheriff said, and further details of where the remains were found will not be disclosed "until a later date."
Baum disappeared nearly nine years ago after she left a friend's house, just four blocks away from her own. Authorities searched for days after she vanished, but no sign of Baum was found at the time.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.