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Investigators continue search in disappearance of Hickory girl

Posted November 9, 2010 9:40 p.m. EST

— Investigators searching for a missing Hickory girl were checking a wooded area in the Patterson community along Indian Grave Road in Caldwell County on Tuesday, WBTV reported.

Police said they received a tip that led them to the search area about 10 miles north of where 10-year-old Zahra Baker’s prosthetic leg was found last week. The area is also about 20 miles north of the Bakers' Hickory home.

Police said they found something during Tuesday’s search that they are taking a closer look at, but would not say what it was.

Zahra's father, Adam Baker, reported her missing Oct. 9. Authorities have said they believe the girl is dead. No one has been charged in her disappearance.

Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, has been jailed on an obstruction of justice charge since the weekend Zahra disappeared. Police said she admitted writing a fake ransom note found at the scene of a fire in the family's backyard the same day Zahra was reported missing.