Briefcase May Contain Evidence In Zahra Baker Case

7:31 PM, Jan 18, 2011   |    comments
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Caldwell County, NC -- WBTV in Charlotte is reporting that a briefcase has been found that may contain blood evidence related to the death of Zahra Baker.

A source told WBTV that the briefcase appeared to contain a blanket that was possibly stained by blood or another dark substance.  The briefcase was found on Christie Road in Caldwell County.

The briefcase was found by loggers working on the opposite side of the road from where a prosthesis and bone tied to Zahra were discovered in October.  All of the items have been sent to the SBI crime lab in Raleigh for analysis.

10-year-old Zahra Baker was reported missing on October 9 by her father Adam.  He also reported finding a ransom note on a vehicle in their yard.

Court documents later revealed that Zahra's stepmother Elisa Baker told police that the girl died on September 24, about two weeks before she had been reported missing.  Those documents also stated that Elisa Baker told police that the Zahra was dismembered after she died, and her remains scattered in various locations in western North Carolina.

On Tuesday, Elisa Baker was indicted by a grand jury on bigamy charges.  Police allege that Baker married Zahra's father Adam while still married to a Caldwell County man.   She was already in jail charged with obstruction of justice.

Adam Baker moved to North Carolina with Zahra after meeting Elisa online. Zahra needed a prosthetic leg, having lost a limb to bone cancer. The chemotherapy she underwent also left her using two hearing aides.

Neither Adam or Elisa Baker have been charged in Zahra's death. 

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