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. secretsquirrel

    We can get a heart-wrenching 20 point close up pictuer of her on CNN after the fact, but we can't keep her safe while she is alive.

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

    I've been watching NAncy Grace tonight and there is a girl reading the trancripts of Zahara's Sep Mom. Not that she doesn't read well but the isn't reading right. The voice -over gal is quite a lot younger than the stepmonter & don't believe she would be voalizing her own words in a 'Valley Girl' style.

    Alert your producers to this. OK? They need a different voice-over person to read these letters. The right person would speak a bit more slowly & more seriously with more lower pitched vocalisations. i swear, I can hear a 'like'.. I can't believei'm still in here!" In your current voice-over person. She's just too hyper-sounding to be credible.


    November 4, 2010 at 2:02 am | Report abuse |
  3. Lakisha

    She is in the arms of the angels now.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Seedenbetter

      No she's not. But if it makes you feel better you can pretend.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:08 am | Report abuse |
  4. Bea

    It amazes me this precious child is smiling in all the photos shown after all she went through. She is truly special and I hope she is alive but I am afraid it looks like she is not. May she finally have the eternal peace that she never had on this earth. I am sure God will punish the ones who are responsible.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      Are you talking about the same supposed loving god that gave her cancer and allowed her to be murdered?

      November 4, 2010 at 2:59 am | Report abuse |
  5. mary quinn

    whoever rahonda is......wth is wrong with you?? this is a precious innocent soul that is being talked about.....smdh, ur going straight to hell!!

    November 4, 2010 at 2:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Caio

      Hi I'm Erin and I work at Zahra Saeed on Rittenhouse Sq.. This is the new blog for the company! Feel free to add it to your blog, we're tynrig to have a much bigger online presence!

      July 14, 2012 at 12:48 am | Report abuse |
  6. Leila

    She was sent to us as a witness to this cruel world. To take the lessons learned from here on out. She has already passed on to her next lifetime.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:12 am | Report abuse |
  7. free2comment

    @rahonda if u r so certain of her whereabouts go straight to the authorities and tell them rather than posting your take on the movie 'fargo' here;

    November 4, 2010 at 2:15 am | Report abuse |
  8. Eject

    Give me five minutes alone with the parents, I'll find her.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
  9. bristol

    she is so cute why god give these people kids they do lots of worng things to her i have two girls i love them with all my hearth she is with god n got every thing she is the better person now god bless her soul

    November 4, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles

      If "god" is the one who gave her to these parents, I would hardly feel consolation in knowing that she is back with "god" now.

      November 4, 2010 at 3:01 am | Report abuse |
  10. sandra

    all I have to say is when step monster goes to jail say hi to susan smith

    s what happens when you let people post comments,I feel bad for the little girl,the step monster is involved
    dad w


    ll what

    November 4, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • Charles


      November 4, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
    • MrsFizzy

      See what happens when you let people post comments who can't even complete a sentence.

      These stories sure do bring out the freaks!

      November 5, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  11. texmix

    I have one grandaughter and one grandbaby on the way. My daughter asked do you want a boy or girj? My response either as long as you both are healthy. Does this mean that i would love either less if my request didnt come through? hell no the gift of kids and their babies is priceless. if the parents didnt want Zahra the line of people that would have loved her to be part of their lives would stretch for miles. shame on them.

    November 4, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  12. bob

    May God bless this child. Oh, yeah, Rhonda... voc geen ooz il jok ok gaut ooz aud... and all those negative comments bloggers!

    November 4, 2010 at 2:20 am | Report abuse |
  13. misha

    U people are terrible...especially the wood chipper jokes...not funny...prayers go out to this girl...she is n the hands of the lord....god bless

    November 4, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
    • Seedenbetter

      No she's not. This is a lie you tell yourself to make you feel better.

      November 4, 2010 at 9:11 am | Report abuse |
  14. Tiffany

    As a mother of a ten year old daughter..i can not even begin to imagine how someone could be so cruel to their own child..i hope justice is served..

    November 4, 2010 at 2:21 am | Report abuse |
  15. james carter

    I am amazed at the lack of compassion in some of these comments. Eating a bologna sandwich heard she is in the wood chipper. Thats a pathetic cry for attention and honestly shouldnt have been posted

    November 4, 2010 at 2:22 am | Report abuse |
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