Prosthetic Leg Confirmed To Be Zahra's
CALDWELL COUNTY, NC - 11/01/10 4:00 pm
Medical records obtained from Australia where the prosthetic leg was originally fitted matched the serial number on the leg. A scanner was used to extract the serial number from a transponder placed inside the prosthesis.
Crime Scene Investigators from the Hickory Police Department and NC State Bureau of Investigation continue to search the family home located at 21 21st Ave NW, Hickory for additional evidence related to this case.
10/27/2010 4:30 pm
Investigators have discovered a prosthetic leg consistent with the description of Zahra Baker’s left prosthesis. Investigators have also uncovered information that led search teams back to the family home at 21 21st NE in Hickory, NC, where technicians recovered specific pieces of evidence.
The mattress discovered at the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Caldwell County is being tested for DNA, but the results of those tests are not complete. The mattress was discovered by landfill workers outside the original search grid determined to be the area most likely to have been the area where the mattress was dropped. The workers at the landfill have been diligently looking for anything that may assist this investigation, an effort for which they should be commended.
Elisa Baker, along with her attorneys Lisa Dubs and Scott Reilly, has been providing information to Hickory Police Department and the investigation team of the Zahra Baker case since Sunday. This information and all other leads are being followed up by the investigation team.
Adam T. Baker, Zahra’s father was arrested on 10/25/10 at 3:12 am at the Hickory Police Department. The charges were unrelated to the Zahra Baker case. The charges were five (5) counts of Worthless Checks and three (3) counts of Failure to Appear. He was placed in the Catawba County Detention Facility under a $7,000 secured bond. Before his arrest, Baker voluntarily came to Hickory Police Headquarters and submitted to an interview. Baker was at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport picking up a family member prior to coming to HPD. The Australian Consulate in Atlanta was notified of Baker’s arrest at his request.
Search teams from Hickory Police Department along with NC State Bureau of Investigation Agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team members and Agents along with cadaver dogs are searching areas in Caldwell County.
The team from Hickory Police Department along with NC State Bureau of Investigation Agents, Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Evidence Response Team members and Agents and the US Marshal Service completed searching for a piece of evidence in the Foothills Environmental Landfill (Caldwell County Landfill) at approximately 3:00 pm today. The search focused on a mattress belonging to Zahra that had been disposed of by Zahra’s parents sometime during early October, days before Zahra was reported missing.
Investigators hoped to use the mattress to confirm interviews with persons associated with this investigation and to reinforce the timeline. We also hoped it could provide some DNA evidence related to this case.
Our team would like to thank the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Hickory Fire Department for their support efforts with this search. Also, we would like to thank the staff from Foothills Environmental and Republic Services for outstanding cooperation and assistance during this search.
Our team will continue to pursue leads called in to our tip line and go wherever and do whatever we need to find Zahra and bring justice for her.
A team from Hickory Police Department along with NC State Bureau of Investigation Agents, Evidence Recovery Team members and Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigation and US Marshal Service are searching for a piece of evidence in the Foothills Environmental Landfill (Caldwell County Landfill) located at 2800 Cheraw Road, Lenoir, NC. The search team is being supported by the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and the Hickory Fire Department.
Media will not be allow on the landfill site and are asked to stage at Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office located at 2351 Morganton Boulevard SW Lenoir, NC.
Over the course of this investigation, so many people and organizations have volunteered their services. Local restaurants have donated food for the investigative team so they do not have to stop to eat and can continue to work on their assignments. Canine teams from in-state as well as one from out of state have covered many acres and properties in this investigation.
With that in mind, Hickory Police Department has been made aware of an organization soliciting funds for Zahra Baker. This group states that one purpose for these funds according to their website is to: “Support the efforts of law enforcement to investigate and prosecute the case surrounding the abduction/homicide of Zahra Claire Baker.” Hickory Police Department has not been contacted by this group or has been given any information of their intent for this fund. HPD intends to explore this matter in greater detail without diverting resources from the investigation of Zahra.
We will begin a 3pm briefing each day as the case develops, or until we reach a conclusion to the investigation. If there are more significant developments, we will call an immediate briefing to update media.
Zahra’s step-mother reported her missing Saturday afternoon. Her mother says she last saw Zahra at 2:30 Saturday morning. Elisa Baker was arrested Sunday morning on outstanding charges not related to the disappearance of Zahra. Adam Baker, Zahra’s father has also been questioned in this case.
Zahra is about 5’1” tall, weighs about 85 pounds and has short reddish blond hair. She has a prosthetic left leg and is hearing impaired, requiring hearing aids in both ears. Zahra does not have those hearing aids with her.
The Amber Alert will remain in effect for Zahra until she found. The Hickory Police Department is being assisted by the State Bureau of Investigation, US Marshals Service and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. “We are using every available resource we have at our disposal to find Zahra. We are not giving up hope that Zahra will return home safe and sound,” said Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins.
If anyone has any information that will assist detectives in finding Zahra, please call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551, or 911.
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