Tuesday marks one month since 10 year old Zahra Baker was reported missing and the investigation continues as found evidence is tested and new avenues are searched.
The Hickory Police have requested a rush on the testing of evidence found that could be linked to the case. This evidence includes a mattress discovered that is believed to have belonged to Zahra just prior to her disappearance. It is currently undergoing DNA testing. Police are also awaiting test results on a bone found last week near where Zahra’s prosthetic leg was discovered. Authorities have said that the SBI has made the testing a top priority.
Meanwhile, investigators have issued a subpoena for Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa Baker’s, financial records. According to the subpoena, she may have used as many as 8 aliases in her financial dealings. The subpoena also requests any transactions that took place in the name of Baker’s daughter from a previous marriage, Amber Fairchild. When asked about the subpoena, police simply stated it was a part of the investigation.
Zahra was reported missing on October 9 but no one outside of family can recall seeing the girl since September 25. On October 12 police called off the Amber alert and switched from a missing persons case to a homicide investigation.
Zahra’s stepmother, Elisa, was jailed right away on unrelated charges. She later admitted to writing a fake ransom note and was indicted on a felony obstruction of justice charge. She has been in jail through the duration of the investigation. Recently she began cooperating with police and has been with them to various search sites. Several letters allegedly written by Elisa Baker have circulated that insinuate Zahra is dead but the couple did not kill her. They do, however, accuse her husband of doing something horrifying after the fact.
Adam Baker, Zahra’s father, was jailed recently on unrelated charges. He made bail and was released. He was recently evicted from the home he shared with Elisa and Zahra. It is unknown if he is cooperating with the investigation.