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No Charges Yet in Zahra Baker Death PDF Print
Written by Steve Frank   
Monday, 15 November 2010 06:27

Police trying to solve the disappearance of Zahra Baker confirmed Friday what they have long suspected: The young girl with the prosthetic leg and bone cancer is dead. So what happens next? Her step-mother, Elisa Baker, is currently in jail, charged with trying to throw off investigators with a bogus ransom note. Zahra’s father, Adam Baker, has been arrested on charges unrelated to her disappearance and is free on bail. He was forced out of the family’s home a week ago and has moved. But the mystery of how Zahra, 10, died deepened Friday as authorities gave a terse briefing, revealing that one of her bones was found five miles away from other remains that they believe are hers. Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins explained that investigators matched the bone with the child’s DNA, and said “We have recovered enough physical evidence to think we have found Zahra.” Earlier this month police found the bone in some brush alongside Zahra’s prosthetic leg in an area in Caldwell County, where she lived with her father and stepmother until mid-September. Police say Elisa Baker recently began cooperating with police and led them to the areas where the remains were found. She—nor anyone else—have been charged in Zahra’s death. Just when that might happen—anyone’s guess.  Zahra would have been 11 this week.


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