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Post by Justice4all on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:06 pm

Amber Alert
Missing From: Hickory, NC
Missing Date: 10/09/2010 2:30 AM Eastern
Issued for: North Carolina: Statewide
Contact: If you have information, please contact Hickory Police Department, 828-328-5551, 911






Circumstances:


The Hickory Police Department is searching for a missing child: Zahra Claire Baker is a 10-year-old White female, approximately 5 feet tall, weighing 55 pounds. She has brown hair, and blue eyes. Camouflage Army T-shirt, black knee-length tights and left prosthetic leg.


Missing Child
Name: Zahra Claire Baker
Alias:
Hair Color: Brown Eye Color: Blue eyes
Skin Color: White Age: 10
Height: 5FT Weight: 85LBS
Gender: Female
Description:
Camouflage Army T-shirt, black knee-length tights and left prosthetic leg.

http://www.ncmec.org/missingkids/servlet/AmberExternalFCServlet?act=retAmberCase&amberId=7608


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Post by Justice4all on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:11 pm

Amber alert for missing Hickory girl

By Hickory Record Staff
Published: October 10, 2010



Hickory --

An Amber Alert has been issued for 10-year-old Zahra Claire Baker. She was discovered missing Saturday afternoon.

The girl's parents told police she was last seen sleeping in her bed around 2:30 a.m. They reported her missing around 2 p.m., said police.

Her parents said they searched for the girl for an hour before reporting her missing.


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Post by Justice4all on Sun Oct 10, 2010 1:17 pm

Stepmother of missing Hickory girl arrested

October 10, 2010

Hickory, N.C. — The stepmother of a missing Hickory girl was arrested Sunday morning on outstanding charges unrelated to the 10-year-old's disappearance.

Police said details that have emerged in the past 12 hours make it seem less likely that a stranger abducted Zahra Clare Baker, who was reported missing a day earlier by her father, Adam, and stepmother, Elisa.

Elisa Baker was arrested on unrelated, outstanding charges around 10:45 a.m., police said. Details of those charges weren't released.

Police said Elisa Baker has not been eliminated as a person of interest in Zahra's disappearance.

They didn't release details of the ongoing investigation, but said it has revealed "inconsistencies."


Read more: http://www.wral.com/news/news_briefs/story/8429135/
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Post by Cali on Sun Oct 10, 2010 3:06 pm

This is incredible and unbelievably outrageous if true. Parents claim they last saw Zahra asleep in her bed at 2:30am. They reported her missing at 2pm. They claim that they searched for an hour before reporting her missing. At 1pm in the afternoon they finally noticed that they hadn't noticed Zahra up and about? Sounds fishy. Why was an Amber Alert issued when there are no witnesses to an abduction, no car to look for, no description of a possible abductor. I thought that some of these conditions had to be met before an Amber Alert could be issued. I don't believe that there will be a happy ending to this story. I wish there could/would be. Poor Zahra doesn't seem to be a likely candidate for a runaway.
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Post by sitemama on Sun Oct 10, 2010 5:57 pm

Cali, this is my hometown. Having read the article in the Hickory Daily Record, and the comments at the bottom, it seems several ppl went to offer their help in the search, but it didn't seem there was even a search going on. I don't know if the Hickory police even know how to organize a search party. I remember many years ago, there was a little 3 y/o reported missing. My son went to help with the search, but there were no LE involved in the search, just hundreds of neighbors out looking for this little fellow.

He was reported missing on a Friday afternoon. My son helped search on Saturday and Sunday, but never any LE leading these searches. This little boy was found the following Friday, in a tool box, in a bedroom of the home. This was in mid summer, and I have never been able to understand how the family could have stayed in that house for a week. He was found when neighbors complained of a horrible odor coming from that apt, and you could actually see thousands of flies in the front window of that bedroom.

Nothing was ever done to the parents, as LE believed their story that the little boy must have gotten in that tool box by himself, and when the lid closed, it locked by itself. The family was allowed to move back to KY to bury their baby, and they never came back.

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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:53 am

Mama, that's a horrible story. That poor child.
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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 11, 2010 8:57 am



What a pretty girl, she doesn't have her hearing aids with her.


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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:05 am

Dad: Missing Disabled Girl's Stepmom Possibly Involved
Zahra Baker, 10, Last Seen Alive by Stepmother; Stepmother in Custody on Unrelated Charges

By YUNJI DE NIES and LEE FERRAN
Oct. 11, 2010

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Baker said that because of his work schedule he hadn't since his daughter since Thursday night. He told "GMA" that his wife was the last person to see Zahra alive when she claimed the girl was in bed early Saturday morning. Zahra was not reported missing until Saturday afternoon when Elisa Baker came to Adam in a panic. Zahra was gone with her prosthetic leg, but her hearing aid remained.

"She didn't know very much. She came out crying and panicking. She told me Zahra was gone," Baker told "GMA." Baker said he searched the house and then the block before calling the police.


http://abcnews.go.com/US/missing-hickory-girl-zahra-bakers-mom-involved-dad/story?id=11848643
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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:10 am



Eliza Baker mug shot - Zahra's step-mother

Elisa Baker was arrested Sunday on charges including communicating threats, writing worthless checks, larceny and driving with a revoked license.

It was unclear whether she has an attorney.


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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:18 am

Police look for missing NC girl, question parents

updated 42 minutes ago, Oct 11

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Adam Baker said his wife told him that she last saw Zahra sleeping in her bed about 2:30 a.m. Saturday. A fire was reported in the backyard of the Bakers' home about 5 a.m. He said he was in a big panic after the fire, but didn't check on his daughter.


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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 11, 2010 9:24 am

Has anyone heard any detail about this early morning fire??

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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:34 am

Hickory girl still missing, stepmom arrested

Updated: Oct 11, 2010 9:32 AM EDT

Link to video:
http://www.wect.com/global/Category.asp?C=195960&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=5186306&flvUri=&partnerclipid=

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Zahra Clare Baker was last seen sleeping around 2:30 a.m. on Saturday at her home on 21st Avenue Northwest. She was not reported missing until 2:30 p.m. on Saturday.

Police also said the likelihood that Zahra Baker was abducted by a stranger is low although that possibility has not been ruled out.

On Sunday, investigators with the Hickory Police Department gathered surveillance video from businesses near the girl's home to establish a better timeline of events leading up to her disappearance. They also spent the day canvassing the area around her home looking for clues.

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said investigators made a follow-up call to the home after firefighters were called there for a possible brush fire.

Adkins would not say whether the incident had anything to do with the case.


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Post by Piper on Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:38 am

Cali wrote:This is incredible and unbelievably outrageous if true. Parents claim they last saw Zahra asleep in her bed at 2:30am. They reported her missing at 2pm. They claim that they searched for an hour before reporting her missing. At 1pm in the afternoon they finally noticed that they hadn't noticed Zahra up and about? Sounds fishy. Why was an Amber Alert issued when there are no witnesses to an abduction, no car to look for, no description of a possible abductor. I thought that some of these conditions had to be met before an Amber Alert could be issued. I don't believe that there will be a happy ending to this story. I wish there could/would be. Poor Zahra doesn't seem to be a likely candidate for a runaway.

Cali, I agree with you. None of this makes any sense. Even the AMBER Alert, which many times I can't figure out why AMBER Alerts aren't issued.
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Post by sitemama on Mon Oct 11, 2010 10:40 pm

Police dogs smell remains at missing girl's house
By MITCH WEISS Associated Press Writer The Associated Press
Monday, October 11, 2010 7:07 PM

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) — Police dogs detected the smell of human remains on two cars at the home of a missing 10-year-old girl who has bone cancer and a prosthetic leg, a search warrant said Monday.

The document filed in a Hickory court didn't indicate that police found any remains in their Sunday search. The warrant said the dogs detected the smell on a sedan and SUV belonging to the father and stepmother of Zahra Clare Baker.

Earlier Monday, the police chief cast doubt on the couple's accounts. They told police they discovered she was missing on Saturday and that one of them had seen her sleeping in her room hours earlier.

http://www.charter.net/news/read.php?rip_id=%3CD9IPOQ900%40news.ap.org%3E&ps=1011

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Post by Justice4all on Mon Oct 11, 2010 11:54 pm

It's definitely not looking good mama. Why do parents harm their own children?
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Post by Justice4all on Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:05 am

According to JVM, police said the ransom note could be a phony and they say Baker's story is inconsistent.
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Post by Justice4all on Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:13 am

Friend: "I knew this was going to happen someday"



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Brittany Bentley, who was married to Elisa's nephew, said her heart dropped when she heard Zahra was missing. "I knew this day was going to come. Everybody that knew Zahra knew how she was being treated. This was going to happen," she said.

Bentley is no friend of the family. She says she filed the charges for "communicating threats" that Elisa Baker is now in jail for. Bentley says those charges stemmed from an argument during which she says Baker threatened to kill her, her husband, and their child.

"I knew this was going to happen someday," she said.


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Post by Sherry on Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:51 pm

Amber Alert cancelled and now its a homocide case

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Post by Sherry on Tue Oct 12, 2010 12:56 pm

From the source I linked to in my last comment:

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said at a news conference that the girl's stepmother confessed to writing a ransom note found at the house where the girl lived, and she has been charged with felony obstruction of justice in the case.
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Post by Piper on Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:19 pm

Terrible news, just terrible. What has been done to this child?
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Post by Sherry on Tue Oct 12, 2010 1:32 pm

Evidently the stepmother was abusive to little Zahra and the relatives knew it. I wonder why they didn't report it? Maybe they did but it went on deaf ears.
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Post by Piper on Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:39 pm

Police treating missing NC girl case as homicide

National / World News 12:55 p.m. Tuesday, October 12, 2010



In this May 2010 photo shows Zahra Claire Baker, 10, waiting to get a hearing aid at an event Charlotte Motor Speedway.


In this May 2010 photo shows Zahra Claire Baker, 10, getting a hearing aid at an event Charlotte Motor Speedway

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Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing Saturday, but police said they can't find anyone outside the household who has seen the girl alive in a month. Relatives described the child's life as miserable, saying she was locked in her room for most of the day and punished over little things.

Zahra "was locked in her room, allowed five minutes out a day to eat, that was it," Bentley said. "She was beat almost every time I was over there for just the smallest things. Elisa would get mad, she would take it out on Zahra, things the kid didn't deserve. She just had a horrible home life."


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The girl was being home-schooled, but had attended public schools in the past. Zahra used two hearing aids, which were left at the house, and a prosthetic left leg from the knee down, police said.

Adam Baker was from Australia, and met his current wife over the Internet, a family friend said. Zahra's mother lives outside the U.S.


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Post by Julie on Tue Oct 12, 2010 2:54 pm

Zahra Baker Update: Missing Case Turns into Homicide Investigation

Posted by Carlin DeGuerin Miller
October 12, 2010 1:01 PM

HICKORY, N.C. (CBS/AP) The investigation into Zahra Baker, the hearing-impaired10-year-old North Carolina girl who was reported missing Saturday, is now a homicide investigation, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins announced Tuesday.

PICTURES: Zahra Baker Missing

Adkins said that Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, confessed to investigators that she wrote the ransom note found at the scene that asked for $1 million and then asked for an attorney.

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Post by Piper on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:01 pm

What a sad and abusive existence for Zahra. I agree with Sherry, I'd like to know if CPS was informed of the witnessed abuse on this child.

I assume her mother must be in Australia, did she not have any contact with her young daughter? Did every single adult in Zahra's life fail her?
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Post by Julie on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:03 pm

Piper wrote: Did every single adult in Zahra's life fail her?

It sure seems that way, sad! Sad

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Post by Sherry on Tue Oct 12, 2010 3:31 pm

I understand that Bentley (the wife of Elisa's nephew) did contact the Childrens' Services about the abuse but did not know what follow up was done. The CPS said that they cannot comment on the case from her report. I'm sorry for no news link to what I said but I've been reading them all!
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Post by khintx on Tue Oct 12, 2010 5:58 pm

Jesus Wept! I just heard the developments of this heinous case. kh
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Post by khintx on Tue Oct 12, 2010 6:07 pm

Police: No one has seen missing N.C. girl in a month

By the CNN Wire Staff
October 12, 2010 7:58 p.m. EDT

(CNN) -- The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl has admitted writing a ransom note found at the family's home, authorities said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, Hickory, North Carolina, Police Chief Tom Adkins said investigators have been unable to find anyone outside Zahra Clare Baker's immediate family who has seen her in the last month.

"We cannot confirm with any confidence how long Zahra has been missing," he said.

The investigation has shifted from a possible abduction into a homicide probe, he said, and an Amber Alert issued for the girl on Saturday will be canceled.

Elisa Baker, Zahra's stepmother, made the admission in an interview Monday night at the detention center where she is held on charges unrelated to Zahra's disappearance, Adkins told reporters. She then requested an attorney, he said.

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Post by sitemama on Tue Oct 12, 2010 11:46 pm

The ransom note mentioned above was actually written to Adam Baker's boss, Mr. Coffey, and the police found it on one of the family's cars at the time of the fire, before Zahra was even reported missing. LE went to the boss's home and he and his daughter were safe.

The search dogs have hit on human odors on 2 wood chippers that the dad uses in his business, one at his house, and the other is about 15 miles from Hickory, in Morganton NC. The SBI and their search teams and dogs are at that work site now doing a search, and expect to be there most of the night. They have brought in heavy equipment with the big claws to lift the trees and brush so the dogs can search better.

If this little girl has not been seen in the past month, except by the dad & stepmom, just how long has she been missing? She did attend Hudson Elementary school her first 2 years. This school is about 5 miles south of where I live. But, once she started her chemo, her hearing was affected, and she was not able to attend school, and was supposedly home schooled. However, she received her aids in May, and she could have started school this year. Wonder why they didn't let her go to school. The school she would have attended was about 3 miles from her home, and is a very high accredited school. Chris and Nicole attended that school till they were in the 6th grade.

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Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:04 am

sitemama wrote:The ransom note mentioned above was actually written to Adam Baker's boss, Mr. Coffey, and the police found it on one of the family's cars at the time of the fire, before Zahra was even reported missing. LE went to the boss's home and he and his daughter were safe.

The search dogs have hit on human odors on 2 wood chippers that the dad uses in his business, one at his house, and the other is about 15 miles from Hickory, in Morganton NC. The SBI and their search teams and dogs are at that work site now doing a search, and expect to be there most of the night. They have brought in heavy equipment with the big claws to lift the trees and brush so the dogs can search better.

If this little girl has not been seen in the past month, except by the dad & stepmom, just how long has she been missing? She did attend Hudson Elementary school her first 2 years. This school is about 5 miles south of where I live. But, once she started her chemo, her hearing was affected, and she was not able to attend school, and was supposedly home schooled. However, she received her aids in May, and she could have started school this year. Wonder why they didn't let her go to school. The school she would have attended was about 3 miles from her home, and is a very high accredited school. Chris and Nicole attended that school till they were in the 6th grade.

Thanks for the information, Mama. Oh good lord, not wood chippers.....
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Post by Sherry on Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:12 am

Geeze louise! Elisa sure is a dark person! And she had the audacity to call Zahra a "dark child"? Very disturbing individual...
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Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:25 am

Wow, kh......her myspace is freaky. It reminds me of a teenager in a gothic state of mind. Not a grown woman with grandchildren. Her mood is "crazy" and she's quite proud of it. Poor Zahra...where are you?
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Re: Zahra Baker -- Found Deceased 11/10/10 -- Elisa Baker Pleads Guilty To Second-Degree Murder

Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:29 am

And Dad is annoyed........ Shocked
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Re: Zahra Baker -- Found Deceased 11/10/10 -- Elisa Baker Pleads Guilty To Second-Degree Murder

Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:48 am

Friends say missing NC girl's stepmother was angry

By MITCH WEISS, Associated Press Writer Mitch Weiss, Associated Press Writer – 25 mins ago 10/13/10

HICKORY, N.C. – To relatives and former neighbors, Elisa Baker had a short fuse. In interviews and court documents, they portrayed her as nasty-tempered and willing to use a gun or her fists to settle an argument and say her disabled stepdaughter usually bore the brunt of her rage.

Investigators said Tuesday they believe someone killed 10-year-old Zahra Clare Baker, who was reported missing over the weekend. Baker was scheduled to appear in court Wednesday, accused of trying to throw off investigators with a fake ransom note.

"She was always beating her," former neighbor Karen Yount said Tuesday. "I told her to stop but she wouldn't listen to anyone. That poor girl."

Other neighbors say they also feared for the girl's safety.

"There were warning signs along the way, but you never want to think the worst," said former neighbor Kayla Rotenberry.

Her fiance, Bobby Green, said an investigator from the Department of Social Services visited the Bakers' house a few months ago: "I saw him when he knocked on their door. He said they were looking into whether the girl was being beaten."

The agency didn't return a phone message Tuesday.


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http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20101013/ap_on_re_us/us_missing_girl_north_carolina
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Re: Zahra Baker -- Found Deceased 11/10/10 -- Elisa Baker Pleads Guilty To Second-Degree Murder

Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 9:59 am

Zahra's father was obviously aware of how his own flesh and blood was being treated by her step-mother. If neighbors and friends saw it, he sure as hell did too. And he did nothing to protect this child. Whatever has happened to Zahra, her father is just as guilty as the crazy step-mom. I've already made up my mind on that. No loving parent would stand by and watch a child, a disabled child at that, be beaten and locked in a room. They are both lying as to the last time they saw her.
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Re: Zahra Baker -- Found Deceased 11/10/10 -- Elisa Baker Pleads Guilty To Second-Degree Murder

Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 10:16 am

A lot of information in this article:

Search for missing Zahra Baker focuses on Burke County property
Stepmother charged with obstruction after police say she admitted writing a fake ransom note to thwart investigation.

Posted: Wednesday, Oct. 13, 2010

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In Burke County, crews used backhoes and other equipment to scour a wooded area, including a 50-foot-wide pile of mulch. It was the third time that searchers have been on the property, neighbors said.

They said searchers spent several hours at the property during the day Tuesday, then returned about 5 p.m. for another look. The mulch pile was the center of attention, but searchers also scoured nearby wooded areas.

The property is owned by Real Tree Services, where Adam Baker, Zahra's father, is employed. The company has mulching equipment on the land, and one company official told reporters that Adam Baker would have had access to the property.

Adam Baker was on the scene Tuesday, Burke County Sheriff John McDevitt told WCNC-TV, the Observer's news partner.

McDevitt told WCNC that Baker was "not exactly cooperative" in the search.

Alvin Webb, who lives near the search site, told WCNC that a sheriff's deputy told him a search dog picked up the scent of blood on a wood-chipping machine


Read more: http://www.charlotteobserver.com/2010/10/13/1758012/missing-girl-now-believed-to-be.html#ixzz12FRDssG7

The article also states that neighbors in Hickory have never seen a child at the rented property in the 6 weeks since the Baker's moved there from Caldwell County.
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Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:36 am

Australian news article, Zahra's grandmother speaks

Zahra's disappearance shocks family

ANDY TOULSON | October 13th, 2010

ZAHRA Baker's grandmother Karen Baker and close family friend Kim Wright are devastated by her disappearance.

Both spent many an hour with the bubbly Wagga-born girl in the four years she was growing up in Giru.

Because of her illness, Zahra could not go to school for 12 months, and the local community banded together and raised enough money to buy the Giru State School student a laptop and education programs so she could study at home.

Giru resident Ms Wright met Zahra during one of those fundraising drives and became close friends with both Adam and his daughter, as well as Zahra's grandparents, Tony and Karen.

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http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2010/10/13/176611_news.html
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Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:46 am


Zahra Baker during her Camp Quality trip with soldiers from B Squadron, 3rd/4th Cavalry regiment from Townsville's Lavarack Barracks in Australia

http://www.townsvillebulletin.com.au/article/2010/10/13/176601_news.html
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Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 11:49 am

Picking up pieces of the puzzle

ANDY TOULSON | October 13th, 2010

SO what do we know about Adam, Elisa and Zahra Baker?

Adam, 33, is a Sydney-born landscape gardener, who along with his baby daughter, followed his parents to the tiny North Queensland township of Giru, approximately 56km south-east of Townsville, in mid-2004.

Adam, his father and one other brother gained employment at the CSR Invicta Sugar Mill at Giru, while young Zahra was looked after by his mother Karen.

Little is known about Zahra's biological mother, but neighbours said Adam had told them she had not been involved in her daughter's life since she was eight months old

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Post by Ann - Tx on Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:42 pm

NC Stepmother Of Missing Girl Appears In Court

By AP, NBC17, 2 hours, 13 minutes ago



Hickory, N.C.-- The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old girl presumed dead showed no emotion as she made her first appearance in court on an obstruction of justice charge.


Read more: http://news.mync.com/site/news/story/56154/nc-stepmother-of-missing-girl-appears-in-court
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Note: Baker's next hearing is Nov. 3, 2010.
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Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 12:54 pm

Vigil planned Wednesday evening for missing Hickory girl

Updated: Oct 13, 2010 11:00 AM EDT


Zahra with Santa before one Christmas. (Source: MySpace)

A candlelight vigil service will be held Wednesday at 6:30 pm for Zahra Clare Baker at East Hickory Baptist Church, on 16th Street S.E. It will take place on the church playground and is open to the public.

http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13315331
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Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:05 pm

Link to court hearing video:

http://www.wbtv.com/global/category.asp?c=195957&autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=5193863&flvUri=&partnerclipid=

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Despite the change in the investigation, people who know the little girl are praying she is still alive.

"There is always hope," said Kayla Rotenberry who lives in the mobile home in Caldwell County next to where the little girl lived until this summer. "She was such a sweet little girl."

On Tuesday, Rotenberry was showing people a drawing Zahra made and a bunny made out of a sock that the missing girl had given her daughter.

Rotenberry's fiance, Bobby Green, said, "I wish all kids were like Zahra."

Green said he saw the little girl with black eyes and bruises in the past, but said the girl's step-mother Elsa Baker "...always said it was Zahra falling down, Zahra doing this, Zahra doing that." Green said he didn't believe the stepmother and thought something was wrong.

The CBS Early Show interviewed two of Zahra's relatives in Hickory Tuesday morning.

"She [Zahra] just had a horrible home life," said Brittany Bentley. "One time, I remember, she had a black eye. She [Zahra] said it was from the door, but we all knew it was from Lisa. I never saw Adam spank her or punish her--do anything. But he would sit there and watch Lisa do it to his child."


Her bond is only $40,000 right now, her attorney is planning to file a motion to have the bond amount reduced. The bond should be much higher, not reduced, IMO

http://www.wbtv.com/Global/story.asp?S=13297637
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Post by Piper on Wed Oct 13, 2010 1:34 pm

Correction:


Elisa Baker in court this morning 10/13/10


Baker’s total bond is set at $72,200. This includes the obstruction of justice charge, as well as the previous charges of larceny by employee, four counts of communicating threats, four counts of driving while license is revoked, six counts of worthless checks, unsafe tires, operating a vehicle with no insurance and fictitious or revoked registration/tag.

http://www2.hickoryrecord.com/news/2010/oct/13/missing-girls-stepmom-has-first-court-appearance-ar-454588/

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Post by Justice4all on Wed Oct 13, 2010 3:31 pm

Elisa has a "poor me" attitude on her Myspace posts and people are going to town on her in the comments since Zahra's disappearance. Somehow, I have a feeling she will never get a chance to read the comments unless someone prints them out and mails them to her.

I hope she tells police what she has done with Zahra. Everybody who knew her knew she was abusing Zahra, but Zahra's father did nothing. We often criticize mothers who don't put their children first and tell them to be careful when choosing a partner, but the same thing also goes for fathers. No man or woman is more important than your child's life.


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