November 3rd, 2010
07:44 PM ET

Bone found in search for missing North Carolina girl

Search teams have discovered a bone that may be related to the disappearance of 10-year-old Zahra Baker, police in North Carolina said Wednesday.

The bone will be sent to the medical examiner's office in Chapel Hill for further examination, the Hickory Police Department said.

In the past week, the Hickory Police Department said it has recovered key pieces of evidence in the search for the 10-year-old cancer survivor, who was reported missing by her stepmother on October 9.

Zahra Baker was reported missing by her stepmother October 9.

Police on Monday confirmed that a prosthetic leg found last week in a brushy area off a road belonged to Zahra, who lost her leg to bone cancer when she was 5.

Also last week, employees at an environmental landfill found a mattress thought to have belonged to Zahra. Investigators believe the mattress was disposed of days before Zahra was reported missing, and hoped to use it to reinforce the timeline of her disappearance.  DNA tests on the mattress are being performed.

The discovery of the bone also comes two days after a Catawba County grand jury indicted Zahra's stepmother, Elisa Baker, on an obstruction of justice charge related to the search for Zahra.

The charge stems from a fake ransom note that authorities say Baker admitted to writing to distract police from the search for Zahra.

Zahra's father, Adam Baker, is in custody on charges of submitting worthless checks and failing to appear in court.

Police earlier acknowledged that he faced bad-check charges, which are unrelated to the disappearance of his daughter. But they did not initially arrest him, as he had been helping authorities in their search.

The disappearance of Zahra, who was hearing impaired and had persevered through numerous health battles, has made international headlines.

Baker and his daughter, who are from Australia, moved to the United States after he met his future wife, Elisa Baker, online.

Meanwhile Wednesday, crews continued to search for evidence near the lake where Zahra's prosthesis was found, CNN affiliate WBTV reported.

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  1. Star

    One deaf person to gossip about me

    November 4, 2010 at 1:17 am | Report abuse |
    • free2comment

      sorry to disappoint u she has better game in town and if she is deaf that's news to me

      November 4, 2010 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Maya2007

      This missing girl wears hearing aid and that should show you that she is deaf to some extent.

      November 4, 2010 at 7:09 am | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      Elisa Baker?? ..Is that you?! Your sense of humor is about on par!

      November 5, 2010 at 1:54 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bubba

    I can't wait to get my hands on the child murderer... I got something special for him..

    November 4, 2010 at 1:22 am | Report abuse |
    • arunsehgal

      I wouldn't assume it's a "he". The fake ransom note from the stepmother is extremely incriminating.

      November 4, 2010 at 1:47 am | Report abuse |
  3. amanda

    There are no words for this. That poor girl. I hope she is at peace now.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:24 am | Report abuse |
  4. james carter

    There seem to be some misguided voices making comments here. Our hearts and prayers are with that poor girl. Hope is all we have to hold on too.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:25 am | Report abuse |
  5. Maria

    This just teared me up........i hope they find her....she is so beautiful.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:32 am | Report abuse |
  6. Janie

    I hope and pray that they find this child. But finding her alive will be a miracle. With the fake note they found, and the mattress they found in a landfill makes me think that the parents are covering up the true story of what happened. I also think they were involved in the child's disappearance. Regardless of who did it, I hope when the truth comes out, the guilty parties are punished to the full extent of the law.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:34 am | Report abuse |
  7. Southern Girl

    Some of you have some really deep issues. This is horrible. Where is her mother?

    November 4, 2010 at 1:40 am | Report abuse |
    • JFT

      Why don't you read up on the case? The mother lives in Australia and has not been involved in the child's life since she was an infant.

      November 4, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Suz

      @JFT – I think that was Southern Girl's point, that we HAVEN'T heard much about her biological mother. We all know that she's been largely uninvolved with her daughter's life since Zahra moved to the States with her dad, but I think that's what people find to be so incredulous – that a mother was completely disconnected from her own daughter, especially while poor Zahra endured such a horrific life during her short time on this planet. It leaves me wondering, too.

      November 4, 2010 at 10:33 am | Report abuse |
  8. jackie

    I pray for the safe return of this child. The way it is looking, it is not going to be a happy ending :(. I hope her evil-do'ers will be brought to justice and pay dearly for hurting this beautiful, innocent child.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:41 am | Report abuse |
  9. Chris Johns

    IF there is no God, etc (as the earlier poster said), then humans are just like animals and all of this is okay – that is survival of the fittest – evolution, Darwinism. The fact that it goes against our very basic, gut instincts proves that we are not mere animals, evolving. Just because our Creator doesn't intervene in every instance doesn't mean that He is unaware or uncaring – there will be justice in His due time. Not a single sparrow falls to the ground that He is unaware of.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Rahonda

      Jesus sent her to put the together and in jail. She was sent here by the baby Jesus to save us from damnation

      November 4, 2010 at 1:49 am | Report abuse |
    • JFT

      So why didn't your loving, caring God do something for this girl while she suffered from cancer twice, went deaf and then was abused and murdered? Too busy watching the little sparrows fall, I guess. If that's a loving God (and let's not forget the millions in the world who are suffering at this moment with no sign of divine intervention from this loving "father"), you can have it.

      November 4, 2010 at 2:07 am | Report abuse |
    • Leila

      Jft needs his baby bottle. Someones grumpy wimpy. Humph!

      November 4, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      @Chris Your lack of depth of understanding of natural selection and evolution is tragic, if common. Altruism has long been accepted as having been instilled in human beings through natural selection. Early man would hardly have survived as "lone wolves". Only by working together for the betterment of each other were they able to survive as a species.

      November 4, 2010 at 2:55 am | Report abuse |
    • A Believer

      Chris Johns,
      It appears you know what you're talking about. It's nice to see someone on these boards that understands that God doesn't always do what people perceive as 'good'. Everything happens for a reason and has purpose. I recommend to anyone reading this that they read The Shack with an open mind. It's a pretty powerful book about a tragedy similar to this and the purpose God had for allowing it to happen. Of course the immediate family in it was loving, unlike (apparently) Zahra's. Those non-believers who are so anti-God, need saving. It might happen tomorrow, next week, next year, on your deathbed, or perhaps never, but I will pray that it does happen.

      JFT, Tia, the other Chris, & Charles-If you can't be respectful to others, please zip it. If you choose not to believe in God, don't, but you don't need to spread your filth. Risk eternity in hell. As for me, I've witnessed things that could not have happened unless there were a higher power...no scientific explanation. We are on this Earth for a a mere blink of an eye compared to eternity. If Zahra is deceased and in God's hands now, she IS in a better place.

      November 4, 2010 at 3:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Kreyes10

      Wow. What a gross misunderstanding of the concept of survival of the fittest. It has nothing to do with murder or killing. Look it up please. It won't hurt you I promise. And I hate to break it toyou but we are evolving every second of the day right along with the mice, frogs, fish, and lions.
      This poor child's death is a result of horrible people and it's up for us humans to bring them to justice. Nothing more nothing less.

      November 4, 2010 at 6:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Seedenbetter

      It's really pathetic to watch gullible, deluded xtians reconcile the torture, torment and eventual murder of a little girl by letting their invisible, nonexistent sky daddy off the hook but yet say this "god" has the power to do anything. These people are so disconnected from reality. You brain dead Christians need to listen to someone other than your pastor every once in a while.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Tiffany

    I am a mother of a ten yr. Old girl and i can not even imagine how someone could treat their child like that..god bless her..and let justice prevail

    November 4, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  11. james carter

    Leave your personal thoughts on religion and politics at the door. Put yourself in her shoes. This is an innocent child who has suffered in ways that no child should and I believe her strong will and ability to endure makes her stronger then most adults. She never gave up hope nor should we.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:45 am | Report abuse |
  12. tears

    I know what abuse feel like..n I say a special 4 all the b abies being hurt..we all need 2 start watching the kids around us...we know bad parents when we see them...let just make thag call n save 1 kid...peace n blessing..

    November 4, 2010 at 1:54 am | Report abuse |
  13. Erika

    Why, why does this happen? It sickens me to wonder how this stepmom and her dad could do what ever has been done. This child battled cancer at such a young age and won, God bless her soul. I hope who ever took her life SUFFERS the consequence.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  14. dictionary

    Justice in the realm of anyone with power to effect simply means to correct a mistake. Punishment means to remove the bottom layers until the creation works well enough. Absolute perfection doesn't occure with a life location this vast. Life is a matter of pocking away and chipping away. Forging ahead. Keeping the past in books only. This mistake is being corrected right now because you all are looking at it, thinking about it. Wishing it weren't so.

    November 4, 2010 at 1:58 am | Report abuse |
  15. texmix

    when they charge who did this, send them to Texas. Perry won and trust me their sentence will be fast.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:01 am | Report abuse |
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