Remains Confirmed to be Zahra Baker

Investigators said today that they have found the remains of Zahra Baker, a disabled North Carolina girl who was reported missing nearly a month ago.

“Today, our community mourns, our state mourns, our nation mourns, and the world mourns,” said police Chief Tom Adkins of Hickory, North Carolina.

From the Associated Press:

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said investigators matched a bone found a couple of weeks ago with 10-year-old Zahra Baker’s DNA.

“I’ve been dreading this moment from early on in the investigation,” Adkins said. “We have recovered enough physical evidence to think we have found Zahra.”

Police also found a child’s remains earlier this week in western North Carolina in an area near where Zahra’s stepmother once lived. The remains will need to be tested to make sure they also belong to Zahra, Adkins said.

The freckle-faced Zahra, who had bone cancer that forced her to use a prosthetic leg and hearing aids, was reported missing by her parents Oct. 9. They said she was last seen in her bed at their home in Hickory, about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte.

A couple of weeks later, her prosthetic leg and the bone were discovered in some brush, about five miles away from where the other remains were found buried.

From CNN:

Adkins said that DNA from a bone dug up off Christie Road in Caldwell County — the same place Zahra Baker’s prosthetic leg was recovered late last month — was consistent with that taken from the girl’s personal items.

Using DNA swabs taken from Zahra’s biological father and mother, investigators are trying to confirm that more human remains found at a site five miles away also belonged to her, according to Adkins. But he said the medical examiner’s staff at the site said those bones appeared to have belonged to a girl of Zahra’s age.

“Investigators, agents, officers and staff who have worked on this case are devastated that they were not able to bring Zahra home alive,” Adkins said.

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17 Comments on “Remains Confirmed to be Zahra Baker”

  1. sophie Says:

    Every time I hear this story it brings me to tears. That poor little girl. She seemed to be such a bright star, if only she’d been born to the right parents. Imagine the joy she could have brought to other people.

    I hope her “parents” rot in hell for this.

  2. I can’t help but think her “parents” hope they rot in hell for this!

  3. Hilde Says:

    At this time there are no Words for how sad and disgusted I feel about what has been done to that beautiful Girl.
    It is scary to know what Evil exist and lives among
    us. I can’t imagine what Zahra’s biological Mom is going through at this time.
    The People responsible for Zahra’s Murder, we have a good Idea who they are will have a Place for them reserved in Hell!
    The Death Penalty is to good for them!
    LE and the People everywhere who have been following this tragic Case will see to it that there will be Justice served for Zahra and will not rest till then.

  4. Helen Says:

    I am so proud of Hickory LE! They have worked long and hard on this case. What an inspiration they are!

    Elisa Baker , imo, is the lowest form of Evil. Even now, she is not concerned about Zarah, only herself! She and Casey A. share the same type of “evil brains” and should never, ever be allowed out of prison.

    Rest in Peace beautiful Zarah. My prayers to your real Mother Emily. May God give her His Divine strength to get through this horror.

  5. Helen Says:

    sorry, I mispelled Zahra’s name above.

  6. offthecuff Says:

    Sick, sick. Zahra deserved better. If she needed medical treatment, she should have received it. If she was neglected and forgotten, then the couple has reason to try to hide her body. They are busted.

  7. Honeydog Says:

    As badly as I felt about Caylee Anthony and Haleigh Cummings, I don’t think I felt quite this bad. I have Sadness in my Heart and Sympathy for each of these precious Children, yet somehow, Zahra is Special, and her Story has affected me differently, and a bit more. I think it’s simply because of all the Misfortunes thrust upon her in the short Life she had— Being separated from her Mother when she was young, carted around from place to place by an obviously unstable and problematic Father, having and going-through Cancer, losing her Leg and Hearing, an obviously wicked Stepmother, obviously suffering frequent Abuse…. And then, knowing that she endured all this— and God only knows what and how much more— she is apparently taken-apart and put in the Dirt. What in the world could she ever do so Wrong to deserve this. Seeing all the Pictures of her across the TV Screen, I can truly sense that she had “Heart”, a beautiful Inner Spirit, a kind and delicate Nature, and that her bright Eyes and big Smiles were a Testimony to the genuine “Trooper” she was. This last part alone is what affects me most, compared to Caylee and Haleigh. It is just so overwhelmingly unfair that this one had to “Fight”, as her Mother said, all her Life to overcome, make it through, and make the best of it, Triumphing over and over through such an obvious strong Will to be Well and Happy, only to end-up this way for all her Determination and Courage. It is Sad enough to learn the loss of her Life, but a true Tragedy that what she humbly tolerated and proudly achieved was all in Vain. God Rest her sweet Soul.

  8. OneOp Says:

    Exactly Honeydog, You said it all for me too. Thank you.

  9. zelda Says:


  10. offthecuff Says:

    I’m glad the bakers told LE where to look.

  11. zelda Says:

    The bone fragment they found earlier has been identified as that of Zahra’s.

    That bastard father…………my gawd.I think we all know what he did.I hope they prove it asap and they can shove those two sorry ass so called “parents” into prison forever and a day.What a horror.

  12. zelda Says:

    Personally I hope they hang both of them………

  13. zelda Says:

    Latest news is that Zahra’s body was dismembered at home on that mattress and her body parts scattered.

    Her own father
    that stepmother

    I am literally sick…………my gawd.

    MY GAWD………..MY GAWD……..

  14. OneOp Says:

    PLEASE! please, please, please tell me it didn’t happen. This precious child must have suffered daily by the hand of those two even before death. OMG it just keeps getting worse.

  15. offthecuff Says:

    WHY does Elisa Baker want out of jail? She is in the safest place she could be in. How long would she last if she got out on bond?

  16. Honeydog Says:

    Yes *Zelda* (Re your last Comment). I was so deeply-sickened when I heard the same News. Poor poor poor little Zahra……
    No hot burning Hell is Hell enough for those two revolting evil Beasts…

  17. zelda Says:

    Yes honeydog………just when you think things could not get worse on child abuse and murder……………… Gaaaaaawd.

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