The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old girl has admitted she wrote a ransom note found at the family's home, Hickory, North Carolina, Police Chief Tom Adkins said Tuesday.
Elisa Baker made the admission during an interview Monday night at the jail where she is held on charges unrelated to Zahra Clare Baker's disappearance, Adkins said. She then requested an attorney, he said. Authorities have obtained an arrest warrant for her on a felony charge of obstruction of justice, Adkins said.
Police have not been able to find anyone who has seen Zahra within the past month, Adkins said, and do not know how long the girl has been missing. The Amber Alert issued Saturday for Zahra is being canceled, he said, and the investigation will shift from a possible abduction to a homicide investigation.
Zahra Clare Baker had a "horrible home life" and was frequently locked in her room, a relative said Tuesday.
Zahra was reported missing about 2 p.m. Saturday. Police have said her father, Adam Baker, and stepmother, Elisa Baker, reported she was last seen sleeping in her bed about 12 hours earlier, at 2:30 a.m.
Authorities on Monday pleaded for swift public help in reconstructing events leading to Zahra's disappearance.