October 20th, 2010
01:56 PM ET

Authorities searching landfill in case of missing N.C. girl

Police were searching a North Carolina landfill Wednesday for "a piece of evidence" in the case of a missing 10-year-old girl, Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said.

A team from Hickory police and agents from the North Carolina Bureau of Investigation and the FBI were participating in the search at the Foothills Environmental Landfill in Lenoir, North Carolina, Hickory police said in an earlier statement.

Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing October 9. However, no one other than a family member has reported seeing her since September 25, when a woman reported seeing her at a furniture store, police said. Authorities have said her disappearance is being investigated as a homicide.

The landfill search could take up to five days, Adkins told reporters at a news conference Wednesday. He was tight-lipped about what investigators are searching for, saying only that interviews had led authorities to "this piece of evidence that we believe is in the landfill ... we hope that if we find this evidence, that it will provide a good, solid timeline that will assist us in working this case."

"We are not looking for [Zahra's] body in the landfill at this time, no," he said.

Adkins asked that anyone outside Zahra's family who had seen her in the past month contact authorities.

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  1. Jim Brieske

    Her artificial leg, that is my guess. It provides a timeline because of other material found around it.
    jim

    October 20, 2010 at 2:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mehdi General Dr Bad

      Per Chance do you know where i cna Find Army Nurse Deborah Christiane D'Angelo From New Jersey?
      Or Kaylia Smith From Charlotte?

      October 20, 2010 at 5:43 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Floria sigmundi

    This is depressing and scary

    Checkout this video on YouTube

    [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fUJ4bL6O3uw&w=640&h=390]

    October 20, 2010 at 2:35 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Dana

    Our children are beautiful innocent angels. There is too much violence against children in our world. Help stop this trend heal the world save our children from selfish parents.

    October 20, 2010 at 5:16 pm | Report abuse |
  4. ed

    my prayer's and thoughts r with the family

    October 20, 2010 at 6:44 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Michelle

    I think they are looking for the prosthetic leg too. Can gasoline be used to cover up forensic evidence and throw off cadaver dogs? Is that why it was found inside the 2 vehicles?

    October 20, 2010 at 7:39 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Jim Brieske

    Michelle. Gasoline was found in the back of both vehicles? So her body was in one vehicle and they moved it to the other. The original vehicle didn't have enough gas in it. They didn't want to stop anywhere with her body in the vehicle and be seen.
    The trick is figuring out which vehicle they actually used and how much gasoline could have been in it. Once that is done, it's just a matter of the investigators drawing two radius circles extending out from their residence on a map.
    For example, they draw a circle at 140 miles and one at 145 miles. Then they look and ask, what area in that 5 mile wide band is the stepmother or father familiar with? Then they go get what remains of that little girl's illness damaged body.
    That's the ideal result like in the past with the pregnant woman murdered by the cop boyfriend. I said, 23 miles to 25 miles.
    jim

    October 20, 2010 at 9:46 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dana

    This is crazy what is wrong with the parents of today? Why are so many kids dying at the hands of their parents? How can they look at them & take the life out of their bodies?

    October 20, 2010 at 10:25 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Michelle

    Jim, if I understood correctly the original article stated that gasoline had been disbursed inside of the vehicles- I thought maybe they used it to cover up forensic evidence inside the vehicle? And I'm curious to know if that could throw of the investigation? I've heard that coffee grounds and mayonaise cover up the scent of cocaine and marijuana shipments but of course I do not know about these things and was hoping someone could offer an educated opinion...

    October 20, 2010 at 11:23 pm | Report abuse |
  9. cat

    insane.

    October 20, 2010 at 11:49 pm | Report abuse |
  10. soo sad

    What i dont understand is the police is saying the father is being helpful, but there are reports of the step mom abusing this little girl... Ummm dont they think the dad knew about the abuse also they should both be locked up! Poor child who faught for her life to have it taken away for no reason!

    October 21, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |