Major update in the Zahra Baker case. “I found Zahra dead,” claims stepmom, Elisa Baker. A family member reveals details in a letter to a cousin.
If a normal person found a child dead, they would call 911, the police or fire department. A rational person does not try to get rid of the body.
Apparently, Elisa Baker has been writing to the owner of a blog about serial killers and her family members about her stepdaughter Zahra.
Zahra has been missing since at least October 9, 2010, when her father reported her missing to a 911 operator. Her stepmother, Elisa Baker is in jail on two obstruction of justice charges. The police new from the beginning that Zahra was presumed dead.
According to the letters that Elisa Baker has written from jail to the owner of a serial killer website, the police and Adam Baker, Zahra’s father, know where Zahra is and what Adam did to her. Elisa said that they “didn’t really kill her, but what he did after the fact was kinda horrifying.” She went on to say that she would file for divorce and that it is unfair that Adam Baker was arrested and released and she is still in jail. She also exclaims that “Zahra isn’t missing.”
She also wrote letters to a cousin wherein she stated that “I found Zahra dead.” Elisa Baker, Zahra’s stepmother, says that Zahra had been sick for some time. She seems to be pointing the finger at her husband and he is staying quiet.
Zahra Baker was a bone cancer survivor with a prosthetic leg and two hearing aids. She and her father lived in Australia until about a year and a half ago when her father met Elisa online and move to the United States to marry her.
She came to the attention of American when her father reported her missing on October 9, 2010, but the story sounded suspicious from the beginning. Earlier in the day there was a fire in the backyard of the home, but during and after the fire he did not check on his daughter. In the evening when he finally called police, he said that he had not seen her since 2:30 a.m.
There was also a fake ransom note, but for the daughter of Adam Baker’s boss’ daughter. Apparently Elisa and Adam were trying to throw the investigators off of their track.
Police have since found a bone that they believe is related to the case, two mattresses that they believe were Zahra’s and thrown out prior to October 9, and a prosthetic leg that they have verified is Zahra’s.
Now they have admissions in letters from her stepmother, that she found Zahra dead and that the father did something horrifying to the 10 year old which suggests that she may have been dismembered.
Zahra’s father worked for some type of wood or lumber company that owned a commercial wood chipper. His place of employment has been thoroughly searched.
Friends, neighbors and family members have said that the stepmother was abusive towards Zahra and that it was reported to social services. One woman claimed that Zahra was beat every time she saw her for minor infractions.
Police are searching the area where they found the bone and the prosthetic leg to find more evidence.
Adam Baker remains out on bond. Elisa Baker remains in jail. Zahra Baker still has not been found.
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