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Reward in Hickory girl's disappearance up to $4,000

Posted October 22, 2010

— Crime Stoppers groups have combined to offer a reward of up to $4,000 for information about the disappearance of a Hickory girl reported missing from her home Oct. 9.

After Zahra Baker's father reported her missing, it was determined that the 10-year-old was last seen by someone other than her family on Sept. 25.

Hickory police and agents with the state and federal bureaus of investigation searched a landfill in Caldwell County this week for a mattress that belonged to the girl.

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said investigators knew the mattress had been discarded before Zahra was reported missing, and they hoped to use any evidence it might hold to confirm interviews, reinforce the timeline of her disappearance and gather DNA.

Zahra's stepmother, who was arrested on a charge of obstruction of justice Oct. 10, was being held on $65,000 after prosecutors said she was a flight risk.

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  • Go Figure Oct 27, 4:06 p.m.

    You and me both, JUNCYARD. I wouldn't need 5 minutes...

  • LovemyPirates Oct 22, 6:42 p.m.

    Don't think the reward money will make a difference - the only ones who know anything are the step-mother and father and any information they have would implicating themselves. Maybe the money can be used to help Zahra's mother come from Australia for the trial.
    So very sad!

  • Fireflies Rock Oct 22, 5:53 p.m.

    Such a sad commentary that we need to offer reward money for people to step up and do the right thing. Why would anyone withhold evidence in such a horrific crime? RIP Zahra, my heart is breaking for you.

  • sabol100 Oct 22, 5:52 p.m.

    So sad.

  • Juncyard Oct 22, 5:31 p.m.

    This is such a horrible story.
    Wish I had 5 minutes with her stepmom and father.....

    This whole thing is just heartbreaking.

  • justkayla061907 Oct 22, 5:29 p.m.

    i agree there is no way that all of this has happened and he has no clue where she is... and the likeness of the step mother being invlved and him not is slim to none.. this nman needs to be locked! for all we know he is keepin up with the investigation and simply stayin one step ahead.. put him behind bars and see how quick the truth comes out

  • shortcake53 Oct 22, 5:09 p.m.

    I hope and pray that this reward money is not out there because they have no others information to go on. This little girl has not left my heart or mind since she went missing. Praying they find out what became of her.

  • dogzrock Oct 22, 5:09 p.m.

    Someone besides the stepmonster knows something. I hope this reward helps find out the truth. Such a sad sad story. Hopefully justice will come for sweet Zahra soon.

  • UPTOP Oct 22, 5:03 p.m.

    Why isn't the father being charged, it makes no sense she's missing and he not have a clue !