October 12th, 2010
11:03 AM ET

Relative: Missing N.C. girl had 'horrible home life'

A 10-year-old North Carolina girl, the subject of an intensive police search after she was reported missing over the weekend, had a "horrible home life" and was frequently locked in her room, a relative said Tuesday.

Meanwhile, a search warrant released in the case says that cadaver dogs indicated the possible presence of human remains in two cars at Zahra Clare Baker's Hickory, North Carolina, home, and details a ransom note found on the windshield of an SUV that had gasoline poured inside.

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. "We are running out of time, folks," Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins told reporters. "The longer this thing goes, the likelihood [is] that this outcome will not be positive.

The girl - a bone cancer survivor, according to CNN affiliate WCNC - uses a prosthetic leg and hearing aids. The hearing aids have been found, but not the prosthesis, Adkins said.

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  1. Falcon

    I feel devastated and very sad.

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