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New evidence found in Zahra Baker search

Posted November 11, 2010

— Hickory police say they’ve found evidence “that could provide valuable information” in the disappearance of Zahra Baker.

In a statement Thursday, investigators said search teams located it Wednesday while searching in Caldwell County for the missing 10-year-old and that it would be analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigation Crime Lab.

They did not say what that evidence was or how it could prove useful to investigators.

WBTV in Charlotte, however, reported Thursday that search teams found “possible human remains.”

“We understand the concern and interest in this case by the public, but we must be cautious in prematurely releasing information so it will not jeopardize any future criminal proceedings,” police said.

In the last month, they have looked at several locations and found the artificial left leg that belonged to the girl, who lost her own leg to bone cancer.

Meanwhile, the Children Protection Council of Catawba County announced Thursday that it has plans for a candlelight vigil on Tuesday, Zahra’s 11th birthday.

Her stepmother, Elisa Baker, has been charged with obstruction of justice. Police say she admitted writing a bogus ransom note.

The girl's father, Adam Baker, 33, met with Hickory police for about an hour Thursday in the presence of his attorney. Adam Baker was arrested Oct. 25 on a series of charges unrelated to Zahra's disappearance. He is out on bond.

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  • susu2capel Nov 12, 2:39 p.m.

    All I know is whoever did this to this innocent child needs to get whats coming to them, whether it be the father, step-mother or whoever. No child deserves to be treated as this one was. What are they, white trash? I have no tolerance for this.

  • so you dont like my opinion ok Nov 12, 2:16 p.m.

    Lightfoot3... given you seem to be neglecting the fact that there are THOUSANDS of gods to choose from.

    There may be thousands of gods (small g) but there is only one God (capital G). Anyway yes this is another comment about God but after all it is a blogpost for comments, tis true about Zahra. So rest in peace Zahra. Justic will be done people because the Word of God says in Romans 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God's wrath, for it is written: "It is mine to avenge; I will repay," says the Lord.

  • Whosays Nov 12, 11:23 a.m.

    Just because some of the SBI crime lab is messed up does not mean everyone there is.

  • tux Nov 12, 9:21 a.m.

    I think we should be focusing more on what happened to this beautiful girl than about whether there is a God or not.

  • cam7002 Nov 12, 9:16 a.m.

    Oh, great, now it's in the hands of the SBI Crime Lab. We can all rest easy as their competence and renown are beyond compare.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 12, 9:00 a.m.

    “You must have my post confused with someone else's.” – cjwoolard


    Nope. And just confirmed again that I have correctly attributed the quote I referenced to you. But only the religious content of my post was directed at you, given you seem to be neglecting the fact that there are THOUSANDS of gods to choose from.


    My note about blaming the parents was directed at the forum in general, not you specifically.

  • Lightfoot3 Nov 12, 8:59 a.m.

    “I believe you ARE a little light in the loafers.....what an ignorant comment you make!” - csplantlover


    If you’re blaming sky spirits or demons for her disappearance, instead of her step-mom and dad, then you’re the one without a grasp on reality. Those two are the ones responsible, not some fictional religious character. It’s time to hold THEM responsible, instead of wringing the hands and yelling at the sky.


    Rest assured, all my comments, even the religious ones, are made from an informed and studied stance.

  • grandmadof8 Nov 12, 8:09 a.m.

    "There are plenty of other articles with misspelled words that you insensitive posters can play with. This one is much too serious to inflict your misguided humor on.

    GO FIND THEM AND LEAVE THIS ONE ALONE!"

    Amen North Carolina Home! Some people are just so insensitive!

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Nov 12, 8:08 a.m.

    The Eternal -- Probably because the Zahra Baker case has reached the National News level and not just centralized in one location. I'm not saying the Rocky Mount cases are any more or less important, but its just how the media is.

  • CarolinaGirlRJA Nov 12, 8:00 a.m.

    I wonder what Adam Baker needed to meet with them about. Hopefully he's spilling the beans on him and stepmonster. If he's not, he's stupid to think that they won't get caught.

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