On October 9th, 2010, Elisa Baker made a call to 911. Her backyard was on fire. She told the operator that her husband, Adam Baker, works for a tree maintenance company and that there were piles of mulch and wood that were now in flames in their backyard.
Several hours later there was a second call to 911. Adam Baker called to report his 10-year-old daughter, Zahra Baker, missing. After the call was released many people were questioning why a father, who has just discovered that his daughter went missing from inside of his home, would start out a conversation with the dispatcher asking “Hey, how you doing?”
Zahra Baker lost her left leg to bone cancer and was wearing a hearing aid. She has been described as always smiling. Her birthmother lives in Australia and, according to a report by CNN, police are speaking with her on a regular basis. She was also asked to provide medical records for the little girl.
The last person to have seen Zahra alive, other than her family, seems to be a woman, who reported seeing her at a furniture store on September 25th.
There have been allegations from neighbors and family members that Zahra had been abused by her stepmother. Elisa Baker was arrested for charges unrelated to the disappearance but police said she admitted that she wrote a fake $1 million ransom note.
According to ABC News, investigators are now searching a nearby landfill for “pieces of evidence” that could help them provide a timeline. It is unclear what exactly they were searching for.
Zahra Clare Baker is 10 years old, about 5′ tall, 75 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes and a friendly face full of freckles. She lost her leg and her hearing to cancer but she seems to be smiling in all the footage and pictures you can see of her. She is an innocent child with her whole life still ahead of her. Let’s hope and pray that investigators are wrong in their suspicions and that Zahra Baker will be found alive and well very soon.
I you have any information regarding this case please call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551.