Investigators scouring the area around the location where 10-year-old Zahra Baker’s prosthetic leg was found discovered what they believe to be a human bone and, according to the Charlotte Observer, police noted that the bone might be related to the missing girl’s case. If so, the bone would be the first physical evidence of Zahra Baker that authorities have found since she was reported missing on October 9.
Hickory (N. C.) Police announced their find after spending much of Wednesday draining a pond in Caldwell County near where Zahra Baker’s prosthetic leg was found. The area is a known trash “dump” for locals and is near a residence that Elisa Baker, Zahra’s stepmother, lived before she married Adam Baker, Zahra’s father. Investigators sent the bone to the Medical Examiner’s office in Chapel Hill to determine whether it might be connected to the case.
The possible break in the case came a day after letters allegedly written by Elisa Baker from jail surfaced on crime memorabilia website. They were being sold for $1,250 each. The owner of the website serialmurdersink.com, assuming the pseudonym Eric Gein, told the Observer that he believed the letters to be real. He said he’d started writing her shortly after her arrest.
The letters maintain that Elisa Baker nor her husband, Adam, killed Zahra but talks about her being dead. However, Elisa Baker revealed that what Adam Baker did afterward was “horrifying.” So much so, it would seem, that she began to fear Adam Baker. The tone of the letters is defensive and angry, most of it directed at her husband. At one point the letter states that if she hadn’t admitted to writing the ransom note, she wouldn’t be in jail.
The letters point a finger of blame at Adam Baker and say that the police know where Zahra Baker actually is.
Elisa Baker was arrested on unrelated charges the day after Zahra Baker went missing. The following day, she confessed to writing a fake ransom note, which she effectively misled police into believing had something to do with the disappearance of her stepdaughter.
On Tuesday, October 12, Hickory Police announced that the missing person case had become a homicide investigation.
Hickory Police said they were aware of the letters, but that they could not confirm if they were authentic. Hickory Police said that the letters were now part of the investigation and were being compared to other writings of Elisa Baker’s to determine if she wrote them.
Eric Gein has yet to talk to Hickory Pollce.
Elisa Baker remains in jail and has been indicted on a felony obstruction of justice charge for writing the ransom note and misleading police during an investigation. Police announced last week that she had begun cooperating with the investigation and accompanied them to several locations the same day that her husband was arrested.
Adam Baker was arrested on unrelated charges on Monday, October 25. He has since been free on bail and has been evicted from his Hickory residence.
Police found the prosthetic leg on Tuesday, October 26.
Police have been unable to find anyone besides Adam and Elisa Baker who have seen Zahra since September 25.
“Bone found could be related to Zahra Baker case,” CharlotteObserver.com