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Family of missing 10-year-old girl evicted

Posted November 2, 2010

— The owner of the Hickory home said he is evicting the father of a missing 10-year-old girl, WBTV reported Tuesday.

Adam Baker has spent the last two and a half weeks with relatives, according to WBTV. Investigators have ripped out parts of the floor, walls, ceiling and plumbing during their search for evidence into the disappearance of his daughter, Zahra Clare Baker.

On Monday, investigators confirmed that a prosthetic leg found last week in Caldwell County belongs to the girl. The leg was found near a home where the child's stepmother, Elisa Baker, once lived.

Zahra was reported missing Oct. 9, and authorities say they believe she is dead.

Zahra and her father lived in Australia until he met a woman online and moved to North Carolina to marry her.

Elisa Baker, 42, remains in jail on an obstruction of justice charge. Police said she acknowledged to writing a bogus ransom note found at the scene of a fire in the family’s back yard on the day Zahra was reported missing.

Adam and Elisa Baker told police they had last seen Zahra in her bed at their home in Hickory on Oct. 9, but police don’t believe them.

Investigators said Zahra may have been alive when the family moved to a new home in North Carolina in mid-September, but they’ve had trouble finding anyone else who has seen her in recent months.

A mattress found by workers at a Caldwell County landfill last week is being tested for DNA evidence in the case, and investigators continue to search the family's home for other evidence.

Adam Baker insists he had nothing to do with Zahra’s disappearance, but police have not ruled him out as a suspect.


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  • shortcake53 Nov 3, 2010

    A bone was found after a pond was drained near where her leg was found. It is being tested to see if it belonged to Zahra. I pray this story has an end, I hate to think of this little sweetheart falling through the cracks and never being found.

  • ncguy Nov 3, 2010

    I hope justice prevails!

    I did not know Zahra, but if I did I'm sure she was an amazing little girl.

  • dogzrock Nov 3, 2010

    The stepmonster has been known to be a habitual liar in the past. So I would not believe anything she says. She is just trying to blame someone else. Adam is most likely staying with his wife's family, so they must think he had nothing to do with it. I don't believe he did anything to Zahra. If he was involved it would be easier for him to explain her absence by saying that she went to live in Australia and told his family in Australia that she ran away. He must have known that she was being abused unless he fell for all the lies from the stepmonster. So at the very least he should be held responsible for keeping her in a horrible environment. So sad.

  • pebbles262004 Nov 3, 2010

    I don't know which one killed her or what happen to her, but I do know that her step-mother from hell is crazy!!!

  • passport423 Nov 3, 2010

    Who would believe anything either the father or step-mom said, whether in writing or in interviews?

  • carolinaprincess62 Nov 3, 2010

    I read the letters. So it sounds like she died, maybe accidently, and maybe he destroyed the body..is that where the wood chipper comes in? If she's told all this to the police though, it looks like they would have him in custody. Something just doesn't smell right in this situation.

  • carolinaprincess62 Nov 3, 2010

    Why isn't the husband talking? And how does he have relatives here? And aren't they afraid he will run...maybe they took his passport. This is the most messed up situation I have ever seen!

  • kewlmom Nov 3, 2010

    Would be interesting to have a handwriting expert look at those letters. Did anyone else notice how she has two different styles of writing?

  • devilblue Nov 3, 2010

    I read the nut case step mother's letters. She is definitely a brick shy of a load! Wow!

  • shortcake53 Nov 3, 2010

    In the letters step-mommy wrote, not once did she say anything nice about Zahra, about missing her, loving her, or caring in any way. They are all about "poor little me", and how shes being blamed for no reason. No one can get through to anyone so deep in denial and pity for herself.