This awful story just gets worse with all sorts of things being suggested. I think over the next day or 2 there will be a couple of major arrests as the net closes in on the major players in this beautiful courageous girls premature death. Those involved in her death are going to be run over burning hot coals to get to the bottom of this. I cannot even think about her life in the weeks leading up to that time. So many let Zahra down when all she keep doing was give and stand up every time something went wrong…
NORTH Carolina police have confirmed DNA taken from human remains found near a river bank last month match 10-year-old Australian girl Zahra Baker.
The match was made from bones found in the Dudley Shoals area of Caldwell County, a short drive from Zahra’s home in Hickory.
The announcement follows the release of horrifying details in the murder investigation from unsealed police warrants, including allegations Zahra’s Australian father, Adam Baker, helped dispose of her prosthetic leg by wrapping it in a rubbish bag and tossing it in a skip.
Zahra’s American stepmother, Elisa Baker, was identified as the source of many of the allegations contained in the warrants, including information such as “latex gloves were used while the body of Zahra Baker was dismembered”.
One warrant states: “It was relayed from Elisa Baker through lawyer Lisa Dubbs that a car cover and a bed comforter used to conceal and transport the body parts of Zahra Baker were thrown into the (skip)”.
In another disturbing allegation in the police warrant, a source told investigators that Zahra had been left at a house with two men who raped her. One of the men was asked if they “killed the little girl” and the man said “they might have hit her in the head”, according to the warrant.
Hickory police were alerted on October 9 that Zahra, who was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW, and had her lower left leg amputated aged five after a battle with bone cancer, was missing.
Adam Baker, who moved to the US with his daughter two years ago, has not been charged in connection with Zahra’s disappearance.
Elisa Baker has been in custody since October 10 and has been charged with obstruction of justice in relation to a fake ransom note, which police say she admitted to writing to mislead investigators.
Hickory police say they are still waiting on a DNA profile for Zahra to be created, using cheek swabs taken from Adam Baker and Zahra’s biological mother, Emily Dietrich, who visited North Carolina from Wagga Wagga last month.
The DNA match with the bones announced on Wednesday used a sample taken from personal items believed to belong to Zahra.
Police said last month they had collected enough physical evidence to believe she was dead, after confirming another bone and a prosthetic leg found dumped in bushland belonged to Zahra.
- Zahra Baker Case: Warrant’s Grim Details on Body Disposal (abcnews.go.com)
- Grisly claims in Zahra case (theage.com.au)
- Zahra Baker Case: Warrant’s Grim Details on Body Disposal – ABC News (news.google.com)
- Warrant: Zahra Baker May Have Been Raped (foxnews.com)
Yesterday’s Story that I hoped was wrong
THE father of murdered Australian girl Zahra Baker allegedly helped wrap her prosthetic leg in a rubbish bag and threw it in a dumpster, it has been claimed in police warrants.
Documents unsealed yesterday provide a grisly narrative from Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, about what was done with Zahra’s body after the 10-year-old died in the United States.
Elisa Baker, in custody on an obstruction of justice charge, told police Zahra – who wore a prosthetic leg and hearing aids after a battle with cancer – was dismembered by someone wearing latex gloves.
Through her lawyer, Elisa Baker admitted she and her Australian husband, Adam Baker, wrapped Zahra’s prosthetic leg in a white rubbish bag and threw it in a dumpster.
She also said she and Adam Baker dumped a mattress and box springs that belonged to Zahra at a rubbish dump.
Since Zahra was reported missing from her home in Hickory, North Carolina on October 9, speculation has focused on what role, if any, Elisa and Adam Baker might have played in the girl’s fate.
Both have denied any wrongdoing in the case, and no one has been charged over her death.
The documents also disclose that an unnamed source told police that two men – at least one of whom was acquainted with Elisa Baker – had raped Zahra.
The records don’t reveal how Zahra died.
But one document says a source told police that two men – at least one acquainted with Zahra’s stepmother – may have hit her in the head.
The records represent the most detailed account to date of what might have happened to the Australian girl who moved to North Carolina with her father two years ago after he met Elisa Baker online.
The details are contained in search warrants that remained secret until Superior Court Judge Nathaniel Poovey ordered them unsealed on Tuesday.
Poovey’s ruling came in response to US media outlets that requested access to the warrants, which are public records.
Prosecutors had sought to keep the documents from public view, saying disclosure could undermine the ongoing investigation or jeopardise the right of defendants to receive a fair trial.
But in a hearing on Tuesday, Poovey denied a request to stay his ruling to unseal the documents.
Among the details contained in the documents, Elisa Baker’s lawyer, Lisa Dubs, told an investigator that latex gloves were used while Zahra’s body was dismembered. Dubs also said investigators might find remains in the bathtub drain at the Bakers’ Hickory home.
Through her lawyer, Elisa Baker said she and Adam Baker dumped a mattress and box springs that belonged to Zahra at a garbage dump in Granite Falls.
Elisa Baker directed investigators to the Fox Ridge apartments in Hickory. Through her lawyer, she admitted that she and Adam Baker wrapped Zahra’s prosthetic leg in a white trash bag and threw it in the apartment dumpster.
Police gave Elisa Baker a polygraph test about Zahra’s disappearance. Among the questions were: “Did you hurt Zahra?”; “Do you know if anyone has done harm to that child?”; and “Do you know the person who wrote that ransom note?”
Elisa Baker showed deception on all three questions, according to the documents.
The investigation into Zahra’s disappearance began on October 9, hours after the Hickory Fire Department responded to a mulch pile fire behind the Bakers’ home.
On October 10, a search and rescue dog gave a positive alert for the presence of human remains in or on two vehicles located at the Baker’s home.
Eight days later, police said they believed Zahra was a victim of homicide. Police named Elisa Baker in the document as a suspect in Zahra’s murder.
Elisa Baker remains in jail, charged with obstruction of justice, after police say she admitted writing a fake ransom note to mislead investigators.