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Family of missing 10-year-old girl evicted

Posted November 2, 2010 7:34 p.m. EDT

— 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.