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PostSubject: A Look Inside Zahra's Home   Sat Nov 06, 2010 11:43 am

A Look Inside Zahra’s Home






November 5, 2010
HICKORY, N.C. --

For the first time, Eyewitness News went inside of Zahra Baker’s Hickory home.



VIDEO: A Look Inside Zahra's Home


There are holes in walls, ceilings and floors after an extensive, multiple-day search done by investigators. There is a large hole in the floor of Zahra’s bedroom, which is painted bright pink, and part of the drywall has been ripped away, exposing wooden beams.

The kitchen, living room and bathroom have similar damage. Some furniture, decorative items and household items remain in the home, located on 21st Avenue NW.

Investigators spent several days last week searching the inside of the house, as well as the yard. They said only that they were looking for evidence related to Zahra’s disappearance, but did not say specifically what that evidence was.

A large team of searchers spent Friday searching the area around Christie Road in Caldwell County. They confirmed that they found "additional evidence" during Friday's search but have not said what that evidence is. Shortly before the search ended for the day, investigators gathered and appeared to pray.
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PostSubject: Missing Girl's mother said to blame Zahra's father   Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:46 am

Missing girl's mother said to blame Zahra's father

By the CNN Wire Staff
November 6, 2010 9:45 p.m. EDT



Elisa Baker, the stepmother of Zahra Baker, is accused of obstructing the investigation for the missing 10-year-old.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS


  • "He played a big part in this terrible situation," a cousin says in exclusive interview
  • "Adam Baker has a lot of the answers"
  • The cousin acknowledges she doesn't know what happened
  • Elisa Baker's family is divided, the cousin says



Hickory, North Carolina (CNN) -- The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old girl in North Carolina said during a jailhouse visit with two relatives this week that she blames a lot of her current predicament on her husband, one of those relatives said Friday.
The relative, one of two cousins who visited Monday with Elisa Baker in jail, said she was speaking publicly after a few family members met and "decided that we needed to share a few things that we do know."
Elisa Baker's stepdaughter, Zahra Baker, was reported missing last month.
"As we talked with her, she cried over missing Zahra and how her husband has left her to take all the blame for what has happened when he played a big part in this terrible situation," the cousin said in an exclusive interview with HLN's "Nancy Grace" producer Natisha Lance. The cousin spoke on condition of anonymity because of death threats the family has received.
Later, the cousin said Elisa Baker believed it was unfair that she was jailed "for something that he had done," referring to husband Adam Troy Baker, Zahra's father.
The cousin said she hoped that Zahra's body will be found soon, "since she is believed to be deceased and that all of the truth will come out."
The cousin said she and her sister visited Elisa in jail on Monday after more than two years during which they had not spoken.
The woman added that she had received three letters from Elisa, "and in each one of them she made it very clear how much she cared about Zahra and that she don't understand the man that she loves can be this, can do her this way."
The woman said she did not know what happened to the freckle-faced girl who lost her leg to bone cancer at age 5 and reportedly developed lung cancer a few years later.

Police launched a search for Zahra on October 9, but no one other than a family member had reported seeing her since September 25, when a woman saw her at a furniture store.
Police on Monday confirmed that a prosthetic leg discovered last week in brush off a North Carolina road belongs to Zahra Baker, whose disappearance is now being probed as a homicide.
Police said Elisa Baker admitted that she planted a fake ransom note the day after the girl's disappearance was reported.
Initially arrested on October 10 on charges unrelated to Zahra's disappearance, including writing worthless checks, Elisa Baker was additionally charged with obstruction of justice for leaving the note. That charge is a felony.
She is now cooperating with investigators, Hickory police have said.
Zahra's father was arrested late last month in nearby Catawba County on eight charges, including five counts of submitting worthless checks and three counts of failing to appear in court.
Police earlier acknowledged that Adam Baker faced bad-check charges unrelated to the disappearance of his daughter. But they did not initially arrest him, as he had been helping authorities in their search.
"Adam Baker has a lot of the answers," Elisa Baker's cousin said Friday. "What we do know about him is that he doesn't believe in God. He is very into paganism. He's ridin' around with a sign on his window that says Zahra was abused by her stepmother. If this is true, then why didn't he, the biological father, put a stop to it and protect his little girl?
"Why didn't he beg the public for someone to bring his daughter home? Why has he not personally searched for Zahra? How could a loving father begin his 911 call with, 'Hello, how are you doing?' He needs to answer these questions."
Adam Baker's attorney has not returned repeated phone calls from CNN requesting comment on the investigation.
During their discussion, the woman said her cousin told her that Zahra's cancer had been in remission, but that she was sick for the two weeks "before whatever's happened happened ... she did not completely come out and tell me what has actually happened."
The woman said that Elisa Baker "cared for that little girl deeply" and had taken a polygraph.
Scott Riley, Elisa Baker's attorney, declined to comment Friday when asked about the polygraph.
Asked why none of Elisa Baker's relatives had bailed her out of jail, the woman said, "I guess probably they're waiting for evidence or to find out what has really happened."
Asked if the family is divided about what may have happened, she said, "A little bit right now, yes."

Asked what she thinks happened to the girl, the woman said, "I absolutely have no clue. All of it is just so confusing and, until we get the facts, I'm not going to know what to think."
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PostSubject: Adam Baker empties family home as investigation goes into week four   Sun Nov 07, 2010 9:55 am


Adam Baker empties family home as investigation goes into week four


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CHARLOTTE, N.C.-- Saturday marked week number four in the search for Zahra Baker.
Investigators say they are taking the weekend off after extensive searches for the 10-year-old, but that isn't stopping people from dropping by the family home to leave their thoughts and prayers for Zahra.
Neighbors say they watched Zahra's father, Adam Baker, empty the family house Saturday and take some of the family's belongings away in a U-Haul. At that home, the pile of stuffed animals is growing.
Most believe Zahra is probably dead but all that stop by want some kind of closure in the case.
A neighbor,Charles Bost, who has watched the investigation unfold right under his window, says he wonders if Zahra Baker ever even lived at the house because he never saw her.
NewsChannel 36 talked to the Medical Examiners office in Chapel Hill Saturday.
They are trying to determine if a bone found at a site off Christie Road in Caldwell County, near where Zahra's step mother used to live, could belong to the little girl.
They wouldn't comment on their progress on that evidence.
The last time police can confirm that Zahra was alive was two weeks before her parents reported her missing.


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PostSubject: INSIDE THE BAKER HOUSE   Sun Nov 07, 2010 7:29 pm

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PostSubject: Baker empties house into U-Haul   Mon Nov 08, 2010 3:52 pm

Baker empties house into U-Haul


Christie Road search concludes





By Richard Gould
Published: November 07, 2010


HICKORY --



Adam Baker was spotted along with his mother, brother and assorted friends and family as they loaded the Bakers’ possessions into a U-Haul truck Saturday afternoon.
About 10 people gathered in front of the home as furniture and other possessions were carried out of the house at 21 21st Ave. to the truck.

Baker was served an eviction notice Tuesday and ordered to leave the home where, on Oct. 9, he had called 911 to report his daughter, Zahra Baker, missing.

Three days later, Hickory police cancelled an Amber Alert put out for her and said the case was being investigated as a homicide.

Jennifer McAlpine, 36, of North Wilkesboro said she and her two daughters made the 45-minute drive Saturday to leave a teddy bear at the shrine for Zahra in the front yard.

She arrived at about 2 p.m. and said she was stunned to spot Adam Baker in the yard, and when he saw her he went into the house where he stayed.

“I just told my girls not to say anything,” McAlpine said. “We’re not here for that.”

As word got out that the Bakers were at the house, local people began to gather, and the tension built as they took pictures with their cell phones.
Eventually Baker’s mother came out of the house to ask the people to leave her family alone.

“She said, ‘Please stop taking the pictures. You don’t know what’s going on and you shouldn’t judge until you have all the facts,’” McAlpine said.

One woman asked why Baker was helping a “murderer” and the two got into a shouting match before Baker got into a station wagon loaded with Zahra’s toys and was driven away, McAlpine said.

Baker got into another car and followed his mother. Then the U-Haul drove away behind them.

McAlpine began to cry as she explained that she had driven from North Wilkesboro because her heart goes out to 10-year-old Zahra.

“There’s no one who should have to go through that,” she said. “We just want them to tell what they did if they did anything to Zahra.”
The other onlookers agreed.

“We just want to know the truth,” said Paula Shannon of Greenville who was in Hickory to visit friends when she decided to have a look at the Baker house.

Investigators are continuing to investigate Zahra’s disappearance and presumed murder, but no searches were conducted Saturday, said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins.

Investigators spent much of the week combing through wooded areas along Christie Road in Caldwell County. They found Zahra’s prosthetic leg in the area on Oct. 26. Wednesday, investigators found a bone that may be related to the case.

The bone has been sent to the SBI lab for DNA testing and the North Carolina Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for further tests.

Thursday, Capt. Thurman Whisnant said investigators would continue their search of the area “Until we are absolutely certain we have searched every inch of the property.”

That certainty came Friday night and the road was opened because investigators have completed their search of the area, Adkins said.
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PostSubject: Zahra Baker: Father Evicted   Mon Nov 08, 2010 6:25 pm

Monday, November 08, 2010


Zahra Baker: Father Evicted





Anger continues as the search for the remains of Zahra Baker continue. In the latest news story, the father of Zahra Baker, who made the now infamous "how ya' doing?" 911 call, has been evicted.

His call is now a solid example of what a caller with guilty knowledge sounds like, without or without audio. Statement Analysis showed that he was not only deceptive, but deliberately withholding information on where Zahra can be found.

People are angry at the lack of cooperation from Adam Baker, father, and step mother, Elisa Baker have given police. This is similar to the rage protesters felt when Casey Anthony was out on bail, and refused to tell searchers where Caylee was.

Even though it does not make sense for the guilty to give up the location of the body, it still angers citizens that a child has been left out to the elements; it is something that shocks the system, and is not easily accepted.

In the case of Cindy Anthony who told reporters, "George and I don't believe Caylee's, you know, in the woods or anything", had they told investigators that Caylee was in the woods, they would have furthered the case against their daughter, Casey, so they sent private their private investigator, with a video camera, into the woods to search.

While workers were in the mud, and Caylee's remains were left out to wild animals and the elements, George and Cindy dined at the Ritz, having made their choice to leave Caylee unburied.

And so it is with the Bakers.

The linguistic hints they have given, including the fire in the yard and the wood chipper, will likely prove to be factors when the investigation is concluded.

The anger of those who live near them continues.

"Tell us where Zahra is!"

"Tell us where Caylee is!"

"Tell us where Kyron is!"

...so that a proper burial can be given.

Even though it makes no sense for the criminal to give up the body, the public only feels for the child, and wants closure. The public cannot accept a mother or father killing their own offspring. It goes against all God given instinct to do so.

This is why the public was outraged when Cindy Anthony snuck a "Mother's Day" card into the jail, for Casey.

It is something that aggravates and already infuriated public, and will sit in the minds and hearts of potential jurors for a long time.


Will Zahra be found?

Will Zahra Be Found?
Yes, somehow..
No, they've made certain of it.
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HICKORY, N.C. --
The father of Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old girl now presumed dead, was spotted with his mother, brother and friends outside his former home in Hickory on Saturday afternoon loading furniture and other possessions into a U-Haul truck.

Adam Baker was served an eviction notice Tuesday and ordered to leave the home where, on Oct. 9, he had called 911 to report his daughter missing.

Three days later, Hickory police canceled an Amber Alert put out for her and said the case was being investigated as a homicide.

The girl’s stepmother, 42-year old Elisa Baker, has been in jail on an obstruction of justice charge. Police said she admitted writing a bogus ransom note found at the scene of a fire in the family’s backyard on the day Zahra was reported missing.

Saturday, as word got out that Adam Baker and his relatives were at the house, local people began to gather, and the tension built as they took pictures with their cell phones.

Eventually Baker’s mother came out of the house to ask the people to leave her family alone, a witness said.

She said, ‘Please stop taking the pictures. You don’t know what’s going on and you shouldn’t judge until you have all the facts,’” Jennifer McAlpine, 36, of North Wilkesboro said. McAlpine and her two daughters left a teddybear at a shrine for Zahra in the front yard.

One of the onlookers got into a shouting match with Baker’s mother before the Baker family members drove off.

“We just want them to tell what they did if they did anything to Zahra,” McAlpine said.

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PostSubject: Hickory investigators await results of DNA evidence   Tue Nov 09, 2010 12:27 am

Hickory investigators await results of DNA evidence


Bone called of "key importance," by a lead investigator with HPD.








Credit: ROBERT C. REED / RECORD
Trash lies along Christie Road in Caldwell County where law enforcement conducted a week long search for evidence in the Zahra Baker case.

By Sarah Newell williamson
Published: November 08, 2010


HICKORY --


Christie Road still bears the marks of the intensive search investigators performed for three days last week in Caldwell County.

During the search, investigators found a bone they believe may be related to Zahra Baker’s disappearance. After finding the bone Nov. 3, law enforcement sent it to the medical examiner’s office in Chapel Hill for testing. After those tests, if it’s determined to be connected to Zahra’s case, it will be sent to the SBI lab in Raleigh for additional tests.

“A rush has been put on any evidence relating to this case,” said Capt. Thurman Whisnant with the Hickory Police Department. “The SBI made it priority No. 1. The bone is of key importance. I know they’re working on it right now.”

In addition to the bone, investigators recovered additional evidence from Christie Road, although Whisnant declined to comment on what it was.

More than two-dozen investigators searched to find the possible evidence along the road last week. In addition to looking through thick trees and brambles, they also had to wade through manmade hazards.

The area along the stretch of road where law enforcement searched bares the stench of rotting animals by the creek the parallels the road, and garbage is frequently dumped along the road — plastic garbage bags, fast food cups, cans, bottles, tires and other trash.

On Monday, there were several pink flags where investigators had marked evidence. A few white flags were planted where law enforcement had found bones. Farther into the woods, a few trees had branches with neon green ties on them, with the ends of the branches snapped off.

Even with the priority order on the evidence, Whisnant said the public must be patient.

“Even with a rush, it’s not what you see on (the TV show) ‘CSI,’” he said. “We’re looking for any kind of confirmation on whether it’s a human bone, and if we can extract a DNA profile.”

Whisnant said the bone would be examined against “known things,” but would not go into specifics about what DNA would be used to compare the evidence to determine if it matched Zahra’s.

He confirmed that Hickory police and SBI agents have finished examining Christie Road and the Baker house in Hickory. However, he said there are several other potential sites that investigators are still considering. Whisnant would not comment on specifics.

Christie Road is only a few miles from where Elisa used to live. Zahra’s prosthetic leg was found along the road on Oct. 26.

Several areas have been searched for Zahra or for evidence in connection with her disappearance, including a landfill in Caldwell County, several former rental properties or sites near where the Bakers once lived in Caldwell County, their Hickory home and Adam Baker’s employer, Real Tree Services in Morganton.

Zahra, age 10, has been missing for a month and Hickory police, in conjunction with several other agencies, have worked avidly to find her. She was first reported missing by her father, Adam Baker, on Oct. 9. On Oct. 12, the Amber Alert that was issued was cancelled and the case was changed to a homicide investigation. Someone outside of the family last saw Zahra on Sept. 25 at a furniture store in Hickory. Elisa, 42, is currently in jail for writing a false ransom note in which she demanded $1 million. Because of that, Elisa has been indicted on one count of felony obstruction of justice. She has also been arrested on several other charges unrelated to Zahra’s disappearance. Adam was arrested as well, for several charges unrelated to the case. He has since bonded out of jail.

Hickory police has declined to comment if Adam Baker’s passport has been revoked. Adam is a native of Australia. Judge Robert Mullinax Jr. said during Elisa Baker’s bond hearing that if she posted bond, one of the conditions of her release was that she must surrender her passport.
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PostSubject: Missing girl's stepmother said to blame Zahra's father    Tue Nov 09, 2010 1:21 am

Missing girl's stepmother said to blame Zahra's father

By the CNN Wire Staff
November 8, 2010 4:45 p.m. EST




Elisa Baker, the stepmother of Zahra Baker, is accused of obstructing the investigation for the missing 10-year-old.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS


  • "He played a big part in this terrible situation," a cousin says in exclusive interview
  • "Adam Baker has a lot of the answers"
  • The cousin acknowledges she doesn't know what happened
  • Elisa Baker's family is divided, the cousin says




Hickory, North Carolina (CNN) -- The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old girl in North Carolina said during a jailhouse visit with two relatives this week that she blames a lot of her current predicament on her husband, one of those relatives said Friday.
The relative, one of two cousins who visited Monday with Elisa Baker in jail, said she was speaking publicly after a few family members met and "decided that we needed to share a few things that we do know."
Elisa Baker's stepdaughter, Zahra Baker, was reported missing last month.
"As we talked with her, she cried over missing Zahra and how her husband has left her to take all the blame for what has happened when he played a big part in this terrible situation," the cousin said in an exclusive interview with HLN's "Nancy Grace" producer Natisha Lance. The cousin spoke on condition of anonymity because of death threats the family has received.
Later, the cousin said Elisa Baker believed it was unfair that she was jailed "for something that he had done," referring to husband Adam Troy Baker, Zahra's father.
The cousin said she hoped that Zahra's body will be found soon, "since she is believed to be deceased and that all of the truth will come out."
The cousin said she and her sister visited Elisa in jail on Monday after more than two years during which they had not spoken.
The woman added that she had received three letters from Elisa, "and in each one of them she made it very clear how much she cared about Zahra and that she don't understand the man that she loves can be this, can do her this way."
The woman said she did not know what happened to the freckle-faced girl who lost her leg to bone cancer at age 5 and reportedly developed lung cancer a few years later.

Police launched a search for Zahra on October 9, but no one other than a family member had reported seeing her since September 25, when a woman saw her at a furniture store.

Police on Monday confirmed that a prosthetic leg discovered last week in brush off a North Carolina road belongs to Zahra Baker, whose disappearance is now being probed as a homicide.
Police said Elisa Baker admitted that she planted a fake ransom note the day after the girl's disappearance was reported.
Initially arrested on October 10 on charges unrelated to Zahra's disappearance, including writing worthless checks, Elisa Baker was additionally charged with obstruction of justice for leaving the note. That charge is a felony.
She is now cooperating with investigators, Hickory police have said.
Zahra's father was arrested late last month in nearby Catawba County on eight charges, including five counts of submitting worthless checks and three counts of failing to appear in court.
Police earlier acknowledged that Adam Baker faced bad-check charges unrelated to the disappearance of his daughter. But they did not initially arrest him, as he had been helping authorities in their search.
"Adam Baker has a lot of the answers," Elisa Baker's cousin said Friday. "What we do know about him is that he doesn't believe in God. He is very into paganism. He's ridin' around with a sign on his window that says Zahra was abused by her stepmother. If this is true, then why didn't he, the biological father, put a stop to it and protect his little girl?
"Why didn't he beg the public for someone to bring his daughter home? Why has he not personally searched for Zahra? How could a loving father begin his 911 call with, 'Hello, how are you doing?' He needs to answer these questions."
Adam Baker's attorney has not returned repeated phone calls from CNN requesting comment on the investigation.
During their discussion, the woman said her cousin told her that Zahra's cancer had been in remission, but that she was sick for the two weeks "before whatever's happened happened ... she did not completely come out and tell me what has actually happened."
The woman said that Elisa Baker "cared for that little girl deeply" and had taken a polygraph.
Scott Riley, Elisa Baker's attorney, declined to comment Friday when asked about the polygraph.
Asked why none of Elisa Baker's relatives had bailed her out of jail, the woman said, "I guess probably they're waiting for evidence or to find out what has really happened."
Asked if the family is divided about what may have happened, she said, "A little bit right now, yes."

Asked what she thinks happened to the girl, the woman said, "I absolutely have no clue. All of it is just so confusing and, until we get the facts, I'm not going to know what to think."

HLN's Beth Carey contributed to this report.
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PostSubject: Source: Item of interest found in Zahra Baker search   Wed Nov 10, 2010 7:14 pm

Source: Item of interest found in Zahra Baker search

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by RAD BERKY / NewsChannel 36
E-mail Rad: RBerky@WCNC.com

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Posted on November 10, 2010 at 12:58 PM

Updated today at 5:25 PM


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GRANITE FALLS, N.C. – A source close to the investigation into Zahra Baker’s disappearance says something of interest was found during a search near Dudley Shoals Road in Caldwell County on Wednesday.
The source did not want to say what the item is, so as not to endanger the future prosecution of the case.
AirStar 36 flew over the search site and captured video of crews working a grid search along the banks of a nearby creek. Special dive teams actually went into the creek, searching water ranging in depth from five inches to five feet.
Roughly 40 people are searching the area in connection with the case; police shut down traffic around the search site just after noon.
Zahra Baker was reported missing by her father and stepmother, Adam and Elisa Baker, on Oct. 9.
Police have searched a number of areas in Caldwell County over the past month.


See a map of search locations


Crews found the missing 10-year-old’s prosthetic leg off of Christie Road on Oct. 27. The following week, on Nov. 3, Hickory police said they found a bone in area where the leg was found, and that it would be tested to determine whether or not it was linked to the Baker case. Elisa Baker used to live near that search site.
Search crews also scoured Foothills Environmental Landfill in Lenoir for a mattress they believe could be connected to the case. A landfill employee found a mattress that fit the description of what investigators were looking for and police seized the mattress to test it for DNA evidence.
Crews have also searched the Hickory home that Adam and Elisa were renting when they reported Zahra missing. A neighbor in Hickory says he never knew the couple had a child.
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PostSubject: Zahra: Elisa Baker's Letters   Wed Nov 10, 2010 11:35 pm

Zahra: Elisa Baker's Letters




Notes Say Zahra's Dad Did 'Horrifying' Act
-- Letters obtained exclusively by AOL News and believed to be written by Zahra Clare Baker's stepmother discuss the 10-year-old disabled girl's disappearance and say that her father, Adam, did something "kinda horrifying" with the young girl's remains."We really didn't kill her, but what he did after the fact is kinda horrifying,"

Note that what was done was only "kinda" horrifying to Elisa Baker.

Note next that she uses the pronoun "we" which indicates cooperation

"really didn't kill her" "really" is a qualifyer and an unnecessary word which means that in Statement Analysis, it is doubly important.

"really" indicates that "we", both she and Adam Baker, killed Zahra, but that it was done in a manner which allows Elisa to distance herself from the killing, which is a form of minimization common in homicides.

For example, if Elisa gave Zahra an overdose of a narcotic, she might say she didn't "really" kill her because the drug killed Zahra, in Elisa's twisted mind.

This sentence, alone, by the use of the pronoun "we", tells us that both were part of the killing, though she blames Adam Baker for the disposal.

Note the sensitivity in the 911 call and that the wood chipper and fire may be involved in disposal. (see prior analysis). Whatever it was, it was only "kinda" horrifying to Elisa Baker, indicating her own level of humanity.

Elisa Baker wrote in letters to a crime memorabilia dealer. "[It] makes me scared of him. So I probably am gonna go ahead and file [for divorce]. I have lost my whole life anyway."

Note the resignation of having lost her "whole life anyway"


The letters were sent to Eric Gein, owner of Serial Killers Ink, one of the top-selling murderabilia websites, which frequently publishes letters and artwork from accused criminals. Gein told AOL News that he wrote to Baker in the Hickory, N.C., jail shortly after her arrest. He said he has received two very telling letters from her. He shared copies of both with AOL News.


This is an excerpt from a letter reportedly written by Zahra Clare Baker's stepmother, Elisa Baker, to crime memorabilia dealer Eric Gein.Hickory Deputy Chief of Police Clyde Deal acknowledged that the letters likely were written by Elisa Baker. "I think probably these letters were down at the jail," he said after AOL News showed them to him. "I am not a handwriting analyst, but I mean I wouldn't suspect that it didn't [come from her]."Obviously not everything she speaks in there is true," he added, noting that the contents of the letter "sound much like the same stuff that she's spouting to some other people."No one has been charged in connection with Zahra's disappearance; both Adam and Elisa Baker have denied any involvement. Adam Baker's attorney, Mark L. Killian, said he had "no comment" about the letters. Jared Amos, Elisa Baker's attorney, also had no comment.In the letters AOL News obtained, Baker described her life behind bars and some of the details that led to her incarceration.

"I'm going crazy in this cell," Baker wrote. "I have told the cops everything I know [a]bout what's happened to Zahra. They arrested Adam, but he got right back out. How fair is that? See I told you I have no support. I have never been so angry over stuff as I am right now. He knows what happened to Zahra, and yet I'm the one in here at least for now."

This is an indication of deception. Whenever someone says that they have told "everything" in a serious case, it is an indication that information is withheld. Why? Because no one can tell "everything" and honest people will repeatedly search their memories to bring forth additional information, attempting to exhaust their memories in order to be useful.

When a subject says "...and that's all I know" it is an indication that they wish the questioning to end. This was seen in the case of Misty Croslin, who, immediatley after the police began to search for Haleigh Cummings, she told a reporter "and that's all I know". This is an attempt to stop the questioning as the topic has become sensitive to the subject.

She then goes on about her anger at not making bail. What is noticable is the absence of concern for Zahra, whom Adam Baker reported as "kidnapped". (see Statement Analsysis of his deceptive/guilty knowledge 911 call)


On Monday, a Catawaba County grand jury indicted Elisa Baker on a felony charge of obstruction of justice. She was charged last month after authorities say she admitted writing a fake ransom note to confuse authorities. "If I hadn't admitted to that stupid note I [would] be out in three weeks but no, they kept pushing an[d] he did that too,"


note "that" stupid note; "that" shows distance; attempt to distance herself from a note she admitting writing. It was a false ransom note. She seeks to share the blame with her husband.


Baker wrote, according to one of the letters.Adam Baker told police he last saw his daughter sleeping in her bed about 2:30 a.m. Oct. 9. He said that he and his wife slept in that Saturday morning and did not notice Zahra was missing until about 2 p.m. During the investigation, specially trained dogs detected the scent of human remains on property belonging to the Bakers. Dogs also detected similar scents during a recent search of property that reportedly belongs to a tree services company that recently employed Zahra's father for about six months.Elisa Baker was arrested previously on charges unrelated to the child's disappearance, including writing fraudulent checks, larceny and failure to appear. She is being held on $65,000 bond.In the letters, Baker said she is in solitary confinement and on suicide watch. "I feel like I have nothing to live for now," she wrote. Baker also said she would like to talk to the media to defend herself."I heard I have even made it to the Nancy Grace show," Baker said. "The[y] keep calling my lawyer wanting [an] interview with me. Everyone does. Sometimes I think my lawyer shouldn't keep me out of the media. I want a chance to tell the truth and defend myself. No one else is. But, I keep getting told to say nothing is best."

The attorney will attempt to keep her quiet, which means that finding Zahra will be all the more difficult.

This is another excerpt from a letter reportedly written by Elisa Baker.On Oct. 25, authorities arrested Adam Baker on charges unrelated to his daughter's disappearance. He faces one count of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of failure to return rental property, two counts of communicating threats and five counts of writing worthless checks. Adam Baker posted $7,000 bond last week and was released from the Catawba County Jail. He is scheduled to appear in court Nov. 18.Investigators said last week that Elisa Baker and her attorneys have been "providing information" to police, but they declined to elaborate. Baker talked about being debriefed by police in one of her letters to Gein and said that Adam is supposed to be arrested again soon."I don't know," Baker wrote. "Nothing has went [sic] the way it was supposed to, not yet so far. ... I am beyond stressed. When I saw my attorneys today and they said he was out after them promising me for my safety he wouldn't be let out I flipped and have cried since."

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PostSubject: Investigators comb water, woods at Dudley Shoals   Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:39 am

Investigators comb water, woods at Dudley Shoals


Nearly 40 people search for evidence in Zahra Baker case Wednesday.










  • Caldwell County Search and Rescue members walk along Dudley Shoals Road after searching Gunpowder creek for evidence in the Zahra Baker case. Credit: ROBERT C. REED / RECORD

  • Crime scene investigators search along the banks of Gunpowder creek in the Dudley Shoals community of Caldwell County for evidence in the Zahra Baker case. Credit: ROBERT C. REED / RECORD



By Sarah Newell williamson
Published: November 10, 2010
Updated: November 10, 2010 - 4:35 PM


GRANITE FALLS --


Wednesday morning, investigators returned to an area along Dudley Shoals Road to search for evidence connected to the homicide of Zahra Clare Baker. This time, in addition to searching along the banks of Gunpowder Creek, they also looked in the water itself.

Several Caldwell County agencies gathered at the Hudson Fire and Rescue station at 7 a.m. Wednesday before heading out to Dudley Shoals Road near Burns Road to search for evidence, beginning at the Dudley Shoals bridge and spanning out in a half mile in each direction, said Tommy Courtner, Caldwell County EMS director.

“We’ve brought trained staff out to locate evidence with this case,” Courtner said. “The water team searched the banks and stream. We also brought mower devices to trim brush.”

The water team, dressed in personal flotation devices and helmets, waded through the water, which ranged from six inches to five feet in depth, searching with oars for evidence.

A BOB-CAT with a mower attached to the end rather than a bucket, was used to trim 18 inches of underbrush from the ground surrounding the higher-up banks.

“We have terrain navigation equipment and we’ve color coded, so we can see what we’ve covered,” Courtner said. “We’re doing five-feet of spacing, and three-feet of spacing on high-priority areas, going shoulder-to-shoulder.”

Thirty-nine people assisted with Wednesday’s search, with a safety officer overseeing the operation. Courtner said it was necessary, because the water is dark and rocky.

Hickory and SBI investigators were also searching in the woods along the banks. At one point they paused and brushed something off in the leaves, making a notation on a clipboard.

Hickory Deputy Police Chief Maj. Clyde Deal would not confirm if they found anything, even though the department has done so with previous searches.

“The operation is still going on,” he said, adding that investigators would return to the Dudley Shoals site Thursday morning.

Courtner said searching this area of Dudley Shoals is difficult because, like the area that was searched along Christie Road a few miles away, it is an unofficial illegal dumpsite in the county.

“People have easy access to get in and out,” he said. “The area is bone-infested.”

The number of animal carcasses makes investigators’ search more difficult. However, searchers are on the lookout for anything that might be of interest in the investigation.

“We have a medical examiner from Chapel Hill on the scene,” Courtner said. “We’re looking for bags, boxes, bones, anything that can help us.”

Caldwell County Emergency Services agencies have participated in four days worth of searches — two days at Christie Road last week, a search at Indian Grave Road in the Patterson community north of Lenoir on Tuesday and the search off Dudley Shoals Road on Wednesday. Red Cross has provided assistance, including food, so they can remain at the sites longer.

Investigators searched this area on Oct. 25 in connection to Zahra’s disappearance, and have returned to it at least once since then.

Deal said investigators returned to Dudley Shoals because of information.

“We want to do due diligence to all locations,” he said. “We had to do cursory interviews to narrow places. (Tuesday) we finished searching Indian Grave, last week we finished Christie Road. We’re still doing interviews every day. The searches are not the only thing going on in this investigation.”

Several other areas have been searched for Zahra or for evidence in connection with her disappearance, including a landfill in Caldwell County, several former rental properties or sites near where the Bakers once lived in Caldwell County, their Hickory home and Adam Baker’s employer, Real Tree Services in Morganton.

Zahra, 10, has been missing for more than a month. She was first reported missing by her father, Adam Baker, on Oct. 9. Three days later, the Amber Alert that was issued was cancelled and the case was changed to a homicide investigation. Someone outside of the family last saw Zahra on Sept. 25. Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa, 42, is currently in jail for writing a false ransom note in which she demanded $1 million. Because of that, Elisa has been indicted on one count of felony obstruction of justice. She has also been arrested on several other charges unrelated to Zahra’s disappearance. Adam was arrested as well, for several charges unrelated to the case. He has since bonded out of jail.

Deal said the Hickory Police Department has not spoken to Elisa or her attorneys in about a week-and-a-half. However, he said they have “had some conversations” in the last few days with Adam Baker’s attorney, Mark Killian. Deal would not elaborate on what those conversations were about.

Killian said they are cooperating with police.

Dudley Shoals was the only location that was searched Wednesday. Investigators wil remai at the site until it begins to get dark.

Courtner, a father himself to a 10- and 16-year-old, said the searches for the disappearance of the bubbly, smiling Australian child have been difficult for himself and the others involved.

“We can’t go home and talk about it, so we talk to each other,” he said.

After investigators leave the scene, a few officers will remain behind to keep the area secure overnight, Deal said.

After 33 days, some may wonder if Zahra will ever be found. However, Deal said law enforcement will continue the search for what happened to Zahra until they have an answer.

“We’ll work until every investigative lead is exhausted,” he said, adding that hasn’t happened yet.
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PostSubject: Investigators digging for clues in search for Zahra   Thu Nov 11, 2010 11:44 am

Investigators digging for clues in search for Zahra





By The Record Staff
Published: November 11, 2010


DUDLEY SHOALS --

Investigators looking for the remains of Zahra Baker dug a hole at the Dudley Shoals search site Wednesday afternoon and marked the site with an evidence flag.
All of the dirt from the circular hole – which measures about 10 feet around and 2.5 feet deep – was removed from the site. A white evidence flag – like ones used previously to mark bone identification – was placed next to the hole.
The hole is about 10 feet from the riverbank and about 25 feet from where the paved road ends.

Today, investigators returned to the Christie Road location as they continue to search for Zahra, who was reported missing by her parents from their Hickory home on Oct. 9.
The 10-year-old girl is presumed dead
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PostSubject: Possible remains found in Zahra disappearance   Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:03 pm

Possible remains found in Zahra disappearance


Hole dug, evidence taken at Dudley Shoals search site in Caldwell County







Cristal Jackson of Dudley Shoals views the area where law enforcement found possible human remains while searching for Zahra Baker Wednesday afternoon November 10, 2010. The area where investigators dug was about 10 feet from Gunpowder Creek




  • Cristal Jackson of Dudley Shoals leaves the area where law enforcement found possible human remains while searching for Zahra Baker Wednesday afternoon November 10, 2010. The area where investigators dug was about 10 feet from Gunpowder Creek edge. Credit: ROBERT C. REED / RECORD




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By Sarah Newell williamson
Published: November 11, 2010
Updated: November 11, 2010 - 1:19 PM


GRANITE FALLS --

When investigators searched the Dudley Shoals area in Caldwell County on Wednesday, they found possible human remains in connection with Zahra Baker’s homicide.

The evidence is being sent to the SBI lab in Raleigh to be analyzed. Hickory police is saying the evidence “could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case.”

On Wednesday, Gunpowder Creek was searched, as well as the brush along the banks. A BOB-CAT was also brought in to trim the brush farther up the banks. In one area, investigators searched about 10 feet from the banks of Gunpowder Creek. At this spot, there is now a two-and-a-half foot deep hole that gapes 10-feet wide. The hole wasn’t visible on Wednesday, before law enforcement closed the road to traffic around mid-day. Inside this hole is a smaller, distinct, round hole in the dirt. All of the dirt from the hole was also taken with the investigators.

A white evidence flag was marked at the edge of the hole. At previous search sites, a white flag was used to mark bones.

The hole was about 25 feet from the end of where a paved access road ends.

The Dudley Shoals area has been searched at least twice before Wednesday in connection with Zahra Baker’s disappearance. On Oct. 25, Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, was spotted in the backseat of a vehicle that was at the scene briefly.

Two women came to the site of the Dudley Shoals Road search on Thursday to see if investigators had found anything.

“I hope they find (Zahra). It gives you cold chills,” said Cristal Jackson. “There’s no telling what they’ve done to her. Everybody wants answers.”

Looking at the hole that was dug, Jackson said she thinks investigators may have found something of importance.

Her friend, Brandy Gragg, said she hopes Zahra can be put to rest.

“I just want them to find her,” she said. “I don’t see how anyone could do that to a child.”

On Thursday, investigators returned to the Christie Road location a few miles away. Earlier in the week, Hickory police had said they were finished with the site. New leads led them back there, though, resulting in the road being shut down while investigators continued their search.

Christie Road is where Zahra’s prosthetic leg was found on Oct. 26. A bone now being tested at the SBI lab was found there Nov. 3.

Hickory police would not comment on whether any evidence has come back from the SBI lab, saying they did not want to jeopardize the case.

Zahra, 10, has been missing for a month. She was first reported missing by her father, Adam Baker, on Oct. 9. On Oct. 12, the Amber Alert that was issued was cancelled and the case was changed to a homicide investigation. Someone outside of the family last saw Zahra on Sept. 25. Elisa, 42, is currently in jail for writing a false ransom note in which she demanded $1 million. Because of that, Elisa has been indicted on one count of felony obstruction of justice. She has also been arrested on several other charges unrelated to Zahra’s disappearance. Adam was arrested as well, for several charges unrelated to the case. He has since bonded out of jail.

Thursday morning, Zahra’s biological mother, Emily Dietrich, arrived in Catawba County.
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PostSubject: Human Remains Found, Being Analyzed In Zahra Search   Thu Nov 11, 2010 4:18 pm

Human Remains Found, Being Analyzed In Zahra Search


Posted: 11:06 am EST November 11, 2010
Updated: 2:58 pm EST November 11, 2010




CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Investigators found remains while searching Wednesday for evidence in the disappearance of Zahra Baker, Channel 9 has learned.

VIDEO: Human Remains Found, Being Analyzed In Search For Zahra



The remains will be analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigation’s lab. Investigators made the discovery while searching along Dudley Shoals Road in Caldwell County.

Searchers focused on a half-mile stretch of Gunpowder Creek, with divers looking in the water and investigators combing through the banks. Eyewitness News reporter Dave Faherty returned to the site on Thursday and found that a large hole, about 2 1/2 feet deep and close to 10 feet across, had been dug.

Police have searched the area before, accompanied by Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker. She has been in jail over the course of the investigation, charged with felony obstruction of justice after police said she admitted to writing a phony ransom note the day Zahra was reported missing.

RELATED STORY: Judge Ups Bond For Zahra Baker’s Stepmother


On Thursday, searchers returned to the search site along Christie Road, where Zahra’s prosthetic leg was found. The roadway is shut down.

Zahra was reported missing on Oct. 9 by her father, Adam Baker, and her stepmother. Police said she has not been seen by anyone outside of her family since Sept. 25.


Investigators have searched several places for evidence in the case, including two ponds, homes where the Bakers had lived, a Caldwell County landfill and the Christie Road area.


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PostSubject: Zahra Baker's mother headed to N.C.   Thu Nov 11, 2010 6:00 pm

Zahra Baker's mother headed to N.C.


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Posted: Thursday, Nov. 11, 2010


HICKORY --


Zahra Baker's biological mother is on her way from Australia to North Carolina while police investigate a possible break in the case of the missing 10-year-old.
Sources told NewsChannel 36 that investigators searching a creek in a rural part of Caldwell County came across some important evidence Wednesday. Police have not released any details on what that evidence may be.
NewsChannel 36 has also learned that Emily Dietrich, Zahra's mother, is on her way to Hickory. Dietrich has not had contact with Zahra since she was a baby. She told Australia's Channel 7 News that she was trying to find Zahra when she learned she had disappeared.
"I felt robbed before she was taken. Now I just feel broken," Dietrich told the Australian television station.
In Caldwell County Wednesday, crews searched along Gunpowder Creek off Dudley Shoals Road.
"We have completed the body of water today," said Tommy Courtner, emergency management coordinator in Caldwell County.
A team of nearly 40 people searched both the water and the ground.
"An area that's high priority to us right now, we are doing 3-foot spacing so our guys are basically shoulder to shoulder going through there," Courtner said. "We're moving the brush out. We look at every piece of that ground."
Around noon Wednesday, investigators mysteriously ordered the media out, closing the road and the airspace without explaining why.
A medical examiner from Chapel Hill was on hand to help crews because, investigators say, there are bones in the area -- many of them from deer.
The search in Caldwell County was scheduled to resume Thursday.
Police have made several significant finds in Zahra Baker's case in the last few weeks.
On Oct. 25, a mattress was found in the Caldwell County landfill. It's still being tested for DNA, but police it belonged to Zahra.
On Oct. 27, investigators uncovered the girl's prosthetic leg in the brush off Christie Road in Caldwell County.
On Nov. 3, investigators discovered a bone at another search site. The bone is still being tested to determine if it belonged to Zahra.


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PostSubject: Search For Zahra Called Off After 'Significant' Find   Fri Nov 12, 2010 1:58 am

Search For Zahra Called Off After 'Significant' Find




Posted: 11:06 am EST November 11, 2010
Updated: 11:17 pm EST November 11, 2010

CALDWELL COUNTY, N.C. -- Hickory police said Thursday evening the evidence they found in the Zahra Baker case is so significant, they're calling off the search for the missing 10-year-old girl.

Channel 9 Eyewitness News learned from sources that investigators found human remains on Wednesday when they searched in and near Gunpowder Creek off Dudley Shoals Road in Caldwell County.

Deputy Chief Clyde Deal wouldn't comment on what was found but said he will not send additional search teams to the area in the future.

Zahra's father, Adam Baker, had no comment on the developments.

People visiting a makeshift memorial outside Zahra's home in Hickory said they believe closure is near.

"I just hate to see something like that happen to a 10-year-old," said Flossie Wilcox who visited the memorial with her two young children. "And, you know, I'd just like to see some closure on it," said Wilcox.

Zahra's biological mother, Emily Dietrich, visited the memorial early Thursday morning after arriving from her home in Australia. Witnesses said Dietrich spent about 45 minutes there with an Australian news crew.

The crew returned to the memorial late Thursday evening without Dietrich. Neighbors said crew members told them Dietrich was talking with officers at the Hickory Police Department, but police would not confirm that.

The remains found Wednesday will be analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigation’s lab.

Police have searched the area before, accompanied by Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker. She has been in jail over the course of the investigation, charged with felony obstruction of justice after police said she admitted to writing a phony ransom note the day Zahra was reported missing.

On Thursday, searchers returned to the search site along Christie Road, where Zahra’s prosthetic leg was found. The roadway was shut down for much of the day.

Zahra was reported missing on Oct. 9 by her father, Adam Baker, and her stepmother. Police said she has not been seen by anyone outside of her family since Sept. 25.

Investigators have searched several places for evidence in the case, including two ponds, homes where the Bakers had lived, a Caldwell County landfill and the Christie Road area.


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PostSubject: Zahra's dad meets with police, mom arrives in US as 'possible human remains' found   Fri Nov 12, 2010 3:50 am

Zahra's dad meets with police, mom arrives in US as 'possible human remains' found


Nov 12, 2010 1:57 AM EST



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Memorial growing outside of Baker's former home

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Zahra's dad, lawyers visit police station

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Zahra Baker's Australian relatives in NC

Search crews in water on Wednesday in Caldwell Co.
Hole left behind after searchers combed a wooded area on Wednesday
Zahra with Santa during a visit in years past. (Source: MySpace)
Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, and her father, Adam Baker. (Source: MySpace)
Zahra at home. (Source: MySpace) Click image to enlarge





By Tom Roussey - bio l email & WBTV Staff

HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - Sources tell WBTV that possible human remains were found Wednesday in Caldwell County while authorities were searching for clues related to a missing 10-year-old Hickory girl.

The news came Thursday -- the same day that Zahra Baker's biological mother was spotted in Hickory after arriving from Australia.

Meanwhile, Adam Baker, Zahra's father who first reported her missing in a 911 call on Oct. 9, was at the Hickory Police station Thursday afternoon for about an hour. He and his attorney met with investigators and were later allowed to leave.

Investigators told WBTV on Thursday that search teams in Caldwell County found evidence on Wednesday, during a search of Gunpowder Creek, that "could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case."

WBTV has learned the evidence, which sources say are possible human remains, was sent to the medical examiner's office, and from there has been sent to the State Medical Examiner's office in Chapel Hill. From there it will be sent to the NC State Bureau of Investigation's lab for DNA testing.

Full Coverage: The Search for Zahra

"We understand the concern and interest in this case by the public," investigators told WBTV. "But we must be cautious in prematurely releasing information so it will not jeopardize any future criminal proceedings."

Meanwhile, Zahra's biological mother, Emily Dietrich from Australia, has been spotted in Hickory.

She reportedly was flow to the United States by the Seven Network, an Australian TV station. WBTV has been told that she's only giving comments to the Seven Network while she's here.

WBTV has confirmed through a source with knowledge of the investigation that police were conducting additional interviews on Thursday, although the source would not say who is being interviewed.

Crews began searching at an area near Dudley Shoals Drive and Burns Road in Caldwell County at 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday. Officials said the area, which has been searched before, was one of the locations that Zahra's stepmother Elisa Baker suggested search crews look.

After the evidence was found, the search took on a serious tone with a limited fly zone set up -- meaning news helicopters were not allowed to travel lower than 3000 feet in the area.

Search crews centered their efforts around Gunpowder Creek. They went into the creek with dry suits, and also searched the banks, at times hacking the brush with machetes.

According to WBTV reporter Steve Ohnesorge, police seemed more intense as the search went on. Security in the area was very tight.

Ohnesorge said that every officer he tried to talk to seemed "frantic" and they all told him "I can't say anything."

Neighbors had seen the area searched before a couple weeks ago, but agreed that Wednesday's search was especially intense.

"Between all the people down there searching and the church parking lot full and the helicopters flying over, it's been pretty hectic here," said Richard Devier, who lives right near Gunpowder Creek.

On Monday, investigators focused on paperwork which must be done, reviewing and re-evaluating their evidence. Police also interviewed tipsters. On Tuesday, teams searched a site off of Indian Grave Road, just north of Lenoir and 10 miles north of the Christie Road location that had been searched last week.

Officials said that the 32 searchers were unable to find any evidence on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Hickory Police received some test results from the SBI on Wednesday. Authorities wouldn't say what the results were for, but it's possible they were related to a bone found in the Christie Road location last week.

Since the investigation began October 9th, Hickory Police have submitted four rounds of evidence to the SBI for processing. In two of those submissions, the first results came back within a few days, the next results came back in two weeks.

The SBI has not disclosed what evidence was tested; however search warrants were executed on the former Baker home, two cars parked in the driveway, and a search was done at Adam Baker's work site during the timeframe evidence was submitted.

The last two submissions were made to the SBI on November 3rd and 4th. That's when police also announced they found a possible bone connected to Zahra.

DNA evidence will likely be the most crucial evidence in prosecuting whoever brought harm to Zahra Baker. The ten-year-old was reported missing October 9th, by her father, Adam Baker.

He's been arrested and since bonded out of jail on unrelated charges. Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker is charged with writing a fake ransom note to derail investigators.

DNA evidence can take several weeks or months to process. First, a DNA profile from Zahra Baker must be built, before any potential evidence can be compared.

The fact that it's not clear exactly when Zahra disappeared further complicates building her profile. It's not as easy as taking hair from a brush, when it's not even clear when Zahra lived in the family home on 21st Avenue NW.

Her father has since been evicted and police have torn apart walls and floors looking for evidence.

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PostSubject: Report: Remains Found in search for Zahra Baker   Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:41 am

Report: Remains Found in Search for Zahra Baker

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A source close to the Zahra Baker investigation has stated that crews have found human remains while searching in Caldwell County, North Carolina.
From WCNC:
Hickory police have not confirmed the discovery of human remains, but released a statement Thursday saying, “Search teams in Caldwell County yesterday located evidence that could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case. This evidence will be analyzed at the NC State Bureau of Investigation’s lab. We understand the concern and interest in this case by the public but we must be cautious in prematurely releasing information so it will not jeopardize any future criminal proceedings.”
A team of nearly 40 people searched along Gunpowder Creek off Dudley Shoals Road in Caldwell County Wednesday.
“An area that’s high priority to us right now, we are doing 3-foot spacing so our guys are basically shoulder to shoulder going through there,” emergency management coordinator Tommy Courtner said Wednesday. “We’re moving the brush out. We look at every piece of that ground.”

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PostSubject: Zahra and Statement Analysis   Fri Nov 12, 2010 9:45 am

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Zahra and Statement Analysis




We are expecting some announcement soon. Police have been passionate about this case as the public has been as well. This poor little lamb never had a chance. Her 11th birthday is coming up soon now; and it will be strangers who show care rather than her own father, who, as guilty callers do, even disparaged her to the 911 operator.

If he was willing to humiliate her to a stranger, what did he do to her in private? We may learn more from his statements and we will cover them here with Statement Analysis as they come out.

Neglect is difficult to prove because when it is discovered, the offenders often will do "just the minimum" to "get by" for the child.

There can be no legislation passed demanded a parent to be kind, gentle, loving, or understanding.

I think we will hear more about just how horrific Zahra's life was and what "kinda horrific" means to the soulless Elisa and Adam Baker.

I suspect sexual abuse as well as acute neglect and physical/emotional/verbal abuse.

In Statement Analysis we look for linguistic indicators of it; just as there are forensic indicators such as chronic infections, bed wetting, violence towards animals, and many others. A single forensic indicator is not a conclusion that a child has been sexually abused; many children wet their bed for instance, and many children have nightmares, and some are prone to infections.

It is when the forensic indicators begin adding up that we keep an open mind as to sexual abuse.

In Statement Analysis, sexual abuse indicators include:

1. Personal hygiene slips into the language especially where it seems unnecessary. An unnecessary word is doubly important to analysis.

2. Water. In sexual abuse/sexual homicide cases references to water come up.

It is true that a person that washes his hands may not be guilty of sexual abuse.

However, we ask ourselves: "This is an important investigation. The subject has been asked to tell us what they were doing. Why would they feel the need to tell us that they washed their hands?" and we proceed from there.

Since 100% of the population washes their hands, why is it so important to the subject that it comes into their language?

It is the same with "I got up, brushed my teeth, and went to work...".

Since we all brush our teeth, why does the subject need to tell us. Itis an indication of a poor relationship; often domestic violence. The subject feels the need to tell us something they feel in control of, such as personal hygiene, likely because they feel so "out of control" which is what someone living with a violent tempered individual feels like.

Remember, Statement Analysis is 90% the rules of grammar, and 10% observations made from polygraph results and investigations over many, many years.

"Water" can enter the subject's language as the guilty want to "wash" away what they feel. This can take the form of bathing, showering, washing of clothing, hands, and so on.

2. Doors.

When interviewing children, we seek to listen carefully to the words they choose. If a child mentions the door, we note the reaction to the door opening, versus the door closing.

A victim of sexual abuse will often show indicators of fear when describing a door opening, and relief when describing (or even just mentioning) doors closing.


3. Coverings.

Blankets, towels, certain clothing related to "covering" oneself should cause the interviewer to explore sexual abuse. The reasoning is obvious, but the interviewer must also be on alert for PTSD.

4. Lights.

Turning lights on and off are often indicators of sexual abuse or sexual activity.

When someone says, "I turned off the lights and went to bed" they have found the need to tell us something that everyone normally does before going to sleep: turn off the lights. Yet, to the subject, it is important, and it enters the language.

Lights on/lights off can also indicate sexual activity and sexual dysfunction.

Although Zahra can no longer be heard, she can be through friends, other family members, school teachers, etc. I think we will hear more about her life under Elisa and Adam Baker, and it will be descriptions of abuse, neglect, and exploitation. (note Elisa Baker's desire for $ and fame while in jail. Ghoulish as it sounds to our ears, it is no different than Cindy Anthony seeking to copyright Caylee's name for profit. See TheHinkyMeter.com recent entry on money and the lies told by Cindy Anthony for further information. The author skillfully takes you carefully through the interviews of law enforcement and deposition in which the money is central to Cindy's language.).

There will be upcoming statements from the Bakers, especially the Step Mother who will continue to reveal herself from her own words.

We will post them with analysis as soon as possible.



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The worst fears for Australian 10-year-old Zahra Baker appear to have been realised with police search teams in North Carolina discovering human remains in a bushland grave.

The remains were found on the edge of Gunpowder Creek, a secluded location used by hunters to dump deer carcasses, and a short drive from where Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, once lived.

It is believed police search teams were directed to the site by Mrs Baker, who is being held in custody on an obstruction of justice charge for allegedly writing a fake $US1 million ransom note.

Advertisement: Story continues below The discovery of the remains came just hours before Zahra's biological mother, Emily Dietrich, flew from Australia to the town of Hickory in North Carolina, the US state where her estranged daughter spent the past two years.

"Search teams in Caldwell County yesterday located evidence that could provide valuable information in the Zahra Baker case," Hickory police said in a statement.

"This evidence will be analysed at the North Carolina State Bureau of Investigation's lab. We understand the concern and interest in this case by the public but we must be cautious in prematurely releasing information so it will not jeopardise any future criminal proceedings."

The discovery of human remains came just over a month since Zahra was reported missing by her biological father, former Queensland sugar mill worker Adam Baker, and followed searches of rubbish tips, ponds, creeks and other bushland areas.

Hickory police would not publicly confirm the find was human remains, but sources did.

Local media reports also said the grave contained body parts, not a complete body.

Police discovered Zahra's prosthetic leg a fortnight ago in another bushland area, while a bone was found during another search.

Zahra had the lower half of her left leg amputated five years ago after being stricken by bone cancer.

Investigators questioned Mr Baker, who was accompanied by his lawyer, for more than an hour on Wednesday at the Hickory Police Department before he was allowed to leave.

Ms Dietrich, in an interview with the Seven Network last week, said she suffered post-natal depression after the birth of Zahra, handed custody to Mr Baker and had no contact with her daughter.

She said she did not know her daughter had moved to the US until three days before Zahra went missing. Ms Dietrich used the internet to track her daughter down.

Mr Baker met Mrs Baker, who is from North Carolina, on the internet. They married in Queensland and two years ago moved with Zahra to North Carolina.

On Thursday, Ms Dietrich, accompanied by a TV crew, inspected a shrine that members of the Hickory community have created in the front yard of Zahra's home.

Neighbours said Ms Dietrich was an emotional mess as she read cards and inspected toys, flowers and other trinkets.

"She was in tears and she said her heart was breaking," neighbour Jennie Bost told local TV station WSOC.

Another neighbour, Eddie Mitchell, told the TV station: "She asked if she could hug me and we hugged and I said to her, 'Just keep going, believe and just keep going."'

A vigil is planned for Zahra in Hickory on Tuesday, which is the date of her 11th birthday.

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PostSubject: Source: Police will confirm remains are Zahra Baker's   Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:24 pm


Source: Police will confirm remains are Zahra Baker's


Hickory police decline to say what was found; missing girl's distraught birth mother flies to U.S.


By Franco Ordonez
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Posted: Friday, Nov. 12, 2010





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  • 11/11/10 Investigators found a prosthetic leg belonging to Zahra Baker at this site off Christy Road in Hudson,NC and may have found a significant piece of evidence in the disappearance of 10-year-old Zahra Baker. ROBERT LAHSER - rlahser@charlotteobserver.comBuy Photo | Store


  • 11/11/10 Teara Carson 11 (cq) of Hickory places a small stuffed lion among dozens of stuffed animals,balloons,plastic flowers,angels and hand written notes placed against the tree at 10-year-old Zahra Baker's home in Hickory. Investigators may have found a significant piece of evidence in the disappearance of 10-year-old Zahra Baker. ROBERT LAHSER - rlahser@charlotteobserver.com



HICKORY -- A day after discovering “valuable” evidence in the search for Zahra Baker, Hickory Police announced today they will be holding a press conference at 4 p.m. A source close to the investigation told the Observer’s news partner, WCNC, that police will confirm that they’ve discovered human remains that are those of the missing 10-year-old girl.
This will be only the third press conference since the pretty 10-year-old girl whose smiling photos - and plight as a victim of bone cancer – captured worldwide attention when she was reported missing on Oct. 9.
In Australia, media reports had Emily Dietrich, the distraught birth mother who gave up Zahra as a baby, headed for the scene of the investigation.
Also late Thursday, police confirmed that Zahra’s father, Adam Baker, was back at the Hickory Police Department.
But police would not say why Baker was there. And they provided no information about the possible evidence found in neighboring Caldwell County on Wednesday.
Police said the evidence would be analyzed at the State Bureau of Investigation’s lab.
"We must be cautious in prematurely releasing information so it will not jeopardize any future criminal proceedings," police said in a statement.
Zahra was reported missing on Oct. 9 by her father, Adam Baker, 33, and her stepmother, Elisa, 42. Police said she has not been seen by anyone outside of her family since Sept. 25.
No one has been charged in Zahra’s disappearance, but Elisa Baker is in jail on felony obstruction of justice charges after police say she admitted writing a phony ransom note to throw off the investigation into the missing girl.
Zahra’s case has become one of the most high-profile searches ever for a missing child in North Carolina.
Nona Best, supervisor of the N.C. Center for Missing Persons, said the search for Zahra has captured international attention in a way similar to some other missing children, including Asha Degree in Cleveland County in 2000.
The hunt for Zahra has sent exhausted investigators across Catawba, Burke and Caldwell counties seeking evidence. They’ve examined two ponds, homes where the Bakers lived, several wooded areas, and a Caldwell County landfill.
Zahra’s prosthetic leg was found in Caldwell, near Christie Road, and a bone that investigators said may be related to the case was also found in the county. The bone was sent to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for inspection, and Deal said Thursday police have "received some results" on the earlier evidence. He wouldn’t confirm if the bone was Zahra’s.
Wednesday’s discovery of additional evidence also came in Caldwell, along a creek near Dudley Shoals Road, about five miles from the Christie Road location.
The site is known as an illegal dumping spot for deer carcasses. Tommy Courtner, Caldwell County EMS director, said teams spent the day searching in the creek and along the bank.
Investigators cleared much of the leaves and rocks from the area. A white evidence flag marked the edge of a large hole left by investigators. At previous sites, the flags have been used to mark bones.
Zahra’s birth mother, Dietrich, was reported en route to North Carolina accompanied by an Australian television crew. Police wouldn’t confirm her arrival, but did say she had asked for privacy if she did come to North Carolina.
Dietrich has not had contact with Zahra since she was a baby. She told Australia’s Channel 7 News that she was trying to find Zahra when she learned she had disappeared. She said she surrendered Zahra during a time of severe postnatal depression.
"I felt robbed before she was taken. Now I just feel broken," Dietrich told the Australian television station. "I never got to say goodbye."
For weeks near Zahra’s home in Hickory, mourners have deposited photos, personal notes, and more than 100 stuffed animals - creating a shrine to the young girl.
"When you see the amount of cars going by, you realize how many people in the community this has affected," said Carolina Turner, who lives a few houses down.
A vigil is planned for Tuesday. It’s Zahra’s birthday. She’ll be 11 years old.


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PostSubject: Zahra Baker's biological mom arrives in Hickory   Fri Nov 12, 2010 4:32 pm

Zahra Baker's biological mom arrives in Hickory


By Beth Shayne
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Posted: Friday, Nov. 12, 2010


HICKORY, N.C. - When Eddie Mitchell saw a woman with a camera crew kneeling outside the makeshift memorial at the Baker's home on 21st Street Ave. NW across the street from his, he didn't know what to expect.
When he walked over to speak with her, he says it was unnerving to see her face.
"When she got up and turned, it was like looking at Zahra," he said.
That woman was Emily Dietrich, who traveled to Hickory early Thursday from Australia with a camera crew from Channel Seven News in Australia. Dietrich is Zahra's biological mother. She tells Channel Seven she gave custody to Adam Baker when Zahra was a baby because she was suffering from post-partum depression. She says she'd been trying to locate her ex and their daughter when she learned that Zahra had disappeared.
"She was so emotional about the whole thing and she just said to tell the people that she's very, very grateful," Mitchell said.
It is not clear where else Dietrich visited, or if she is talking with investigators.
Hickory Police Thursday were tight-lipped about the investigation, though a source has confirmed that human remains discovered Wednesday are being tested at a state lab.
NewsChannel 36 has confirmed that Zahra's father Adam Baker, who is free on bond on unrelated charges, spoke with investigators at the Hickory Police Department Thursday. His lawyer, Mark Killian, was present. He says Baker is and has always been cooperating with the investigation.
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PostSubject: Zahra Baker: Confirmation   Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:25 pm

Zahra Baker: Confirmation




Press Conference update:

A highly impacted police officer confirmed that initial tests show that remains are Zahra's.

Child's remains found. No timetable for official DNA results.

Police withholding information due to needed caution. Discovery in multiple locations. DNA comparison prelim match from one bone to DNA taken from the house.

The officer struggled to keep himself composed. They are "devastated" that they were not able to find her alive.

Elisa Baker remains behind bars.
Adam Baker is out on bail...for now. Police have not called him a suspect to date.

But Police knew, after meeting with Elisa and Adam that they would not find Zahra alive, but some still held out hope as did many in the public.

Remains have been found in areas that Elisa and Adam had ties to.

The sad news has been reported by WCNC that Zahra has been located. The press conference will be held today at 4PM to announce the findings. Zahra's mother has arrived from Australia. This poor little lamb has endured 2 years of hell until finally it came to an end.

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HICKORY, N.C. – A source close to the investigation tells NewsChannel 36 Hickory Police will hold a 4 p.m. news briefing on Friday in which investigators will announce that remains found are in fact that of Zahra Baker. NewsChannel 36 and WCNC.com will carry the event live on television and online.

Hickory police confirmed that they will hold a press conference, but did not say anything specific about the reason or topic of the conference.

Zahra Baker was reported missing by her father and stepmother, Adam and Elisa Baker, on Oct. 9.

As police moved further into their investigation they discovered that no one, except for Adam and Elisa Baker, could confirm seeing Zahra after Sept. 25.

Elisa Baker was arrested on Oct. 10, the day after reporting Zahra missing, on charged unrelated to the child’s disappearance. She was charged with obstruction of justice in connection with the case on Oct. 11. Police say Elisa Baker wrote a bogus ransom note and refused to cooperate with investigators.

Adam Baker was arrested on Oct. 25 on five counts of writing worthless checks, two counts of communicating threats, assault with a deadly weapon and failure to return rental property.

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said at the beginning of the investigation that Adam Baker had outstanding warrants for worthless checks and that officers would execute those warrants at the appropriate time.

Police said Elisa Baker began talking to investigators on Sunday, but would not say if it was information from Elisa Baker that lead them to the search sites where they found evidence.

On Oct. 25, a mattress was found in the Caldwell County landfill. It's still being tested for DNA, but police believe it belonged to Zahra.
On Oct. 27, investigators uncovered the girl's prosthetic leg in the brush off Christie Road in Caldwell County.
On Nov. 3, investigators discovered a bone at another search site. The bone is still being tested to determine if it belonged to Zahra.
The search for Zahra has grabbed international attention. The 10-year-old was born in Australia and lived there until moving to North Carolina two years ago. Zahra battled two forms of cancer before moving to the United States, bone cancer at age 5 and lung cancer a few years later.

Zahra's biological mother, Emily Dietrich, arrived in Hickory this week.

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PostSubject: Zahra Baker case: Bone confirmed to match DNA sample of Zahra, evidence   Fri Nov 12, 2010 6:32 pm

Zahra Baker Case: Bone confirmed to match DNA sample of Zahra, evidence confirmed to be remains



Posted on November 12th, 2010 by Valhall
The Hickory Police Department has just held a press conference in which an emotional statement was made concerning the developments in the investigation into missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker. Police have now confirmed that the bone found last week on Christie Road matches DNA samples taken from items in the Baker house believed to be used by Zahra. They will be taking buccal swabs of both Emily Dietrich and Adam Baker to build a complete profile for Zahra to confirm the match from an evidentiary standpoint.
In addition, the police confirmed that the evidence found on the banks of the Gunpowder Creek off Dudley Shoals road were, in fact, remains consistent with that of a child. They will await confirmation from the SBI before announcing definitively the remains are those of Zahra Baker.
My heart is so sad for Zahra and the life she could have had; sad for the world and what we lost; and broken from Emily Dietrich who must now accept that there will be no more searching in this lifetime to find her daughter.
Rest in Peace, Zahra.
Godspeed to you, Emily.
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PostSubject: Timeline Of Events In Zahra Baker's Disappearance   Sat Nov 13, 2010 2:05 am

Timeline Of Events In Zahra Baker's Disappearance



Posted: 1:38 pm EDT October 11, 2010Updated: 1:09 pm EST

November 12, 2010HICKORY, N.C. -- The following is a timeline of events in the case of Zahra Baker, a missing 10-year-old Hickory girl.

Oct. 9, approximately 2:30 a.m.: Zahra is reportedly last seen sleeping in her bedroom at her Hickory home.
Oct. 9, approximately 2 p.m.: Zahra is reported missing by her father and stepmother.
Morning of Oct. 10: Zahra's stepmother is arrested on several charges unrelated to the case. The charges include writing bad checks and failing to return property.
Afternoon of Oct. 10: Police gather surveillance video from businesses near the home to put together a better timeline of events leading to Zahra’s disappearance. Dozens of police officers go door to door, handing out Zahra’s pictures.
Investigators also follow up on a call to the Hickory Fire Department from the Bakers’ home, where a small fire started on the front lawn.
Morning of Oct. 11: Zahra's father appears on “Good Morning America” to plead with anyone with information about Zahra’s disappearance to come forward.
Afternoon of Oct. 11: Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins holds a brief press conference to update the public on the 10-year-old's disappearance.
A search warrant is released that reveals more details about the case. According to the warrant, investigators who responded to the brush fire outside the Bakers’ home found a ransom note inside of a Chevrolet Tahoe that was parked outside.
Afternoon of Oct. 12: Hickory police obtain a warrant for Zahra's stepmother after they said she admitted to writing and leaving the ransom note. Elisa is charged with felony obstruction of justice.
Evening of Oct. 12: Police search a wooded area late into the night. The area is dozens of miles from where Zahra was reportedly last seen, down a dead-end dirt road off of Hartland Road, north of Morganton. They search around a wood chipper and in mulch piles.
Morning of Oct. 13: Zahra's stepmother appears in court.
Evening of Oct. 13: Investigators drain a pond and use a dog to sniff through piles of mulch and tree-trimming equipment.
About 150 people gather at a candlelight vigil at East Hickory Baptist Church.
Oct. 14: Police launch a massive search at a remote property north of Morganton, but it comes up empty.
Oct. 15: Zahra's father is with investigators at the home where Zahra reportedly went missing. K-9s were also seen at the home, searching in wood piles behind it. A plastic bag, a mattress and a box spring are taken out of the home by investigators.
Oct. 16: Investigators narrow the timeline of when Zahra was last seen by someone other than a family member to Sept. 25. Police continue to ask the public to contact them with any information that could assist in the case.
Oct. 17: K-9 teams continue to search areas identified by tips and interviews.
Oct. 19: The 911 call made by Zahra’s father is released. Click here to listen to it.
Morning of Oct. 20: Zahra’s stepmother appears in court for a bond hearing. A judge increases her bond from $40,000 to $65,000, citing “disturbing and unsettling” allegations surrounding the charge.
Afternoon of Oct. 20: A team of investigators begins searching a landfill in Lenoir in connection with Zahra’s disappearance. In a news conference, Adkins would say only that searchers are looking for a “piece of evidence.” Click here to watch uncut video from the news conference.
Oct. 22: Police end the landfill search and announce that they were searching for a mattress belonging to Zahra. Searchers tested several mattresses found in the landfill, but did not find Zahra's, police said.
Oct. 25: Zahra's father is arrested on charges unrelated to her disappearance. Zahra's stepmother is taken out of jail and leads investigators to three locations in the search for the missing girl.
Oct. 26: A mattress matching the description of the one police have been searching for is found. An employee at the Lenoir landfill found it while re-grading the area investigators searched. The mattress is being tested for DNA evidence.
Oct. 27: Police announce that a prosthetic leg was found the day before in a rural area off Christie Road in Caldwell County. Click here to watch uncut video of the announcement.
Nov. 1: Police confirm the prosthetic leg found on Oct. 26 is Zahra's. They matched its serial number to the number on medical records that detectives collected from Zahra's native Australia.
Nov. 3: Investigators find a bone in Caldwell County that they said may be related to the case. The bone was sent to the medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill for further examination.
Nov. 8: District attorney asks the state attorney general to speed up testing on evidence in the case.
Nov. 9: Six Crime Stoppers organizations offer up to $1,000 each for information about Zahra's disappearance.
Nov. 10: Searchers find human remains in the Dudley Shoals area of Caldwell County, a source confirms to Channel 9.
Nov. 11: Zahra Baker's biological mother, who lives in Australia, travels to Hickory and visits the memorial outside of the Bakers' Hickory home.
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