A new update in the Zahra Baker case today, her stepmother indicted by grand jury today. At the same time, FBI and police are taking down the wall in Zahra’s room for evidence.
Police have also confirmed that the left prosthetic leg that was found in the bushes near Elisa Baker’s former residence was confirmed as belonging to Zahra.
Zahra Baker’s stepmother, Elisa Baker is already in jail but was formally indicted today on one count of obstruction of justice for creating the ransom note that was found on the family car. Elisa Baker was also indicted for lying to police by reporting Zahra missing, when police believe that she know where Zahra Baker is.
Elisa Baker has already admitted to police that she created the ransom note, they believe to throw them off of her trail. The ransom note was confusing because it was a note addressed to Zahra’s father’s boss, Mr. Coffey. The note asked Mr. Coffey for money if he wanted his daughter returned. Police immediately checked on the Coffey residence and found both father and daughter unharmed. The note was a ruse.
When Adam Baker, Zahra’s dad called police to report her missing, he told them that he thought kidnappers had taken his daughter by mistake.
The Zahra Baker case began on October 9, 2010 when her father reported her missing, now three weeks later her stepmother is indicted by a grand jury today. Zahra’s father was also arrested on unrelated charges and then released on bail. Zahra was last seen by someone other than her parents on September 25, 2010.
Zahra attended public school last year, but she was allegedly being home schooled this year. Friends and neighbors say that they saw no evidence of home schooling. They also allege that Elisa Baker, Zahra’s stepmother, was abusive to the girl and she was reported to child protective services.
Along with the prosthetic leg, police have also found two mattresses in a land fill they believe belonged to Zahra and now they are removing the walls in Zahra’s bedroom as evidence in the case.
Locals say that there are many national parks and other large densely wooded areas that are difficult if not impossible to search.
The Zahra Baker case has been strange from the start because police almost immediately reported that they did not think Zahra was taken by a stranger and that the public was not at risk. They said that they were not searching for a live child, but Zahra’s body instead.
Luckily the police are working quickly in the Zahra Baker case and the stepmother was indicted fairly quickly by the grand jury that meets on the first day of every month.
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