North Carolina authorities have been in contact with Zahra Baker's biological mother in Australia and have asked for the medical records of the missing 10-year-old girl.
"We're in the process of getting medical information from Australia, and we're in the process of getting medical records here," said Clyde Deal, the deputy police chief of Hickory on Monday.
Officials did not specify what kind of medical records they were seeking. Dental records are sometimes used to identify a body. Although authorities believe Zahra is dead, her remains have not been found.
An update from the newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Tuesday:
France strikes – People were taking to the streets in France again on Tuesday, a day before Sarkozy’s controversial pension reform bill is set to become law. There have been further skirmishes between students and police in French suburbs, and demonstrations are planned throughout the country. Many flights from several airports are expected to be canceled. Read the full story
Chechen attack - Three suicide bombers launched an attack on the Chechen parliament Tuesday, killing at least three people, officials told CNN. The exact number of casualties in the attack was unclear.