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Warrant: Hickory girl died weeks before reported missing

Posted January 4, 2011
Updated January 11, 2011

— Zahra Baker's stepmother has told police the disabled 10-year-old girl died more than two weeks before her parents reported her missing.

According to some of 29 search warrants unsealed Tuesday, Elisa Baker told Hickory police in November that the 10-year-old girl died on Sept. 24, and was dismembered and disposed of the following day.

The warrant doesn't say how she died, and no one has been charged in her death.

Zahra was reported missing by her parents on Oct. 9, who said that she disappeared during the night.

Zahra Claire Baker, 10 Warrants provide insight into case of slain Hickory girl

Elisa Baker was charged with obstructing justice during the investigation. Authorities said she wrote a fake ransom note found the morning after Zahra was reported missing.

During the investigation of the case, police searched e-mail accounts, cell phone records, medical records and cameras, search warrants unsealed Tuesday show.

Police found Zahra's remains at various locations around western North Carolina based on information given to them by Elisa Baker. She said she and Zahra's father, Adam Baker, dumped evidence in the case, and authorities say he hasn't been ruled out as a suspect, warrants state.

One search warrant also states that Adam and Elisa Baker chatted online about role-playing a "chainsaw massacre," even alluding to carrying one out on Sept. 22.

Most of the warrants ask for medical records involving Elisa Baker – she used eight different names while seeking treatment – and Department of Social Services records from several counties involving her three biological children.

Warrants for cell phones included one used by Aaron Young, Elisa Baker's ex-husband. It notes that she told Adam Baker that Young was her brother.

The Bakers' home in Hickory was searched multiple times. Blood evidence was found inside on Oct. 27, and investigators returned four days later with a forensic scientist, a warrant states.

Another warrant notes that the couple used trash bags to hide body parts and that evidence of blood and bone fragments might be found in a bathtub in the house.

Elisa Baker has requested that her bond be reduced on the obstruction charge, but a judge on Tuesday postponed the matter until March.


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  • dwr1964 Jan 5, 2011

    sillywabbitthepatriot....I have wondered the same thing. It seems like she may be getting off on the knowledge she has.

  • sillywabbitthepatriot Jan 5, 2011

    Sometimes I wonder if wretched Elisa Baker is deliberately holding out and offering information by tidbits at a time because her deviant soul is actually enjoying the drama while it lasts.

  • dwr1964 Jan 5, 2011

    Not one person in this case has told the complete truth at any time. There is no reason for this to be strung out for so long. Charge all of them and let the jury make their own conclusions. This little girl deserves justice.

  • bjm011366 Jan 5, 2011

    Why hasn't the stepmother been arrested in connection with her death why just the ransom note? You know she had something to do with it because she's providing alot of details.. She's at least an accessory to the crime..

  • lmiccio Jan 5, 2011

    I cry everytime I read anything with regards to this child's death. I pray that all involved will receive due justice as I agree with "mustainemad" comments; said so perfectly.

  • gingerlynn Jan 5, 2011

    The NewsandObserver gives a more thorough (and disgusting) account. Apparently they exhusband and his two cousins did very bad things to this little girl. I can't believe the father came all the way from Australia for such and evil, vile person.

  • The Oracle Jan 5, 2011

    "Have you seen everything the authorities have seen? .... They know what they're doing. I am sure of that."

    I think you have too much faith in "the authorities".

  • mustainemad Jan 5, 2011

    I am praying that they are scrutinizing all computers used by these monsters, and track EVERYONE who has gotten any jollies by watching or participating in the murder and mutilation of this child--as a matter of fact, ANYONE who watches or downloads any of the evil, sick materials depicting the murder, mutiliation, rape, or humilation of any human being or animal should be removed from the face of this earth.

  • kbo80 Jan 5, 2011

    Please find enough evidence so that they can arrest the father before he flees. He knows more than he is saying.

  • sintax Jan 5, 2011

    After other recent cases, I have faith in the NC jurors to do the right thing. When this thing goes to court there will be justice.