A relative helping three elderly brothers clean out their garage made a frightening discovery when a “lifetime” of paraphernalia suggesting the systematic abuse of innocent children was allegedly found.

As Independent Journal Review previously reported, in addition to the boxes of child pornography allegedly found in the Seattle home of Charles Emery, 82; Thomas Emery, 80; and Edwin Emery, 79, investigators found handwritten notes detailing the kidnapping, rape, torture, and murder of little girls as well as “hoards” of physical evidence.

KIRO reports that investigators began searching the Emery property for bodies after discovering Charles’s “manifesto” along with a child’s pink hat found partially burned and buried in the crawl space of the house.

Capt. Mike Edwards, the head of the Seattle Police Department Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) task force, told KIRO:

“It’s very clear that these three individuals have an obsession with young female children, they’ve had this obsession for most if not all of their lives, and they acted on it.”

Later adding:

“Their writings express desires to kill children.”

At the center of the investigation into possible deceased victims is one little girl in particular.

According to Fox News, a Grays Harbor County sheriff is investigating a possible connection between the Emery brothers and the disappearance of 10-year-old Lindsey Baum, who went missing in 2009.

Lindsey Baum. Missing since 6-26-2009. DOB: 7-7-98, 4;9", 80lbs; brown hair, brown eyes

Posted by KlaasKIDS Search Center for Missing & Trafficked Children on Thursday, August 18, 2011

The little girl from McCleary, Washington, left a friend’s house to walk home but never made it.

In an interview with NBC News, Melissa Baum said she knew immediately after her daughter didn’t return from the 10-minute walk that something horrible had happened:

“I just knew something was wrong. I got that feeling right then.”

Certain her daughter didn’t just take off, Melissa Baum notified authorities, and a “massive” search ensued. Grays Harbor Sheriff Rick Scott told “Dateline”:

“We were sure she was gone because of a criminal act. This young girl didn’t simply run off on her own. There was no evidence to support that.”

The search for Baum made national news. Forty people reportedly became persons of interest in her disappearance, yet none became actual suspects.

In addition to searching the Emery brothers’ home, authorities are investigating a second property owned by the men 90 miles away in Shelton — 30 minutes away from McCleary.

According to KIRO, a fourth brother, Donald, lived in the home until 2016, when he passed away. Scott confirmed that a missing person flier for Baum was found in the home. According to KIRO, the sheriff said:

“When we heard of the link to the Shelton property, and its proximity to McCleary, and the nature of the paper work they found at the [Seattle home] … We immediately began to see if there’s anything that would link to our investigation.”

He added:

“The Lindsey Baum case has been and will be a priority until we find closure or find Lindsey safe. We’ve worked on the case every day in some shape or form.”

According to NBC News, Scott was informed of Baum’s disappearance the night it occurred, as he was the undersheriff of the department at the time. However, he explained that the flier in itself isn’t necessarily unusual, as they were widely distributed.

According to KIRO, an “extensive search” of the property is underway, including the use of cadaver dogs and resources from the Department of Homeland Security. KIRO reports there is “no known connection” between the Emerys and Baum.

Officials are also investigating the unsolved murder of 17-year-old Tracy West in 1988. She was abducted and killed on her way to work.

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