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Missing Girl Zahra Baker's Remains Identified

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Zahra Baker's stepmother, Elisa Baker, with her "jailhouse letters."

The body of missing Australian girl Zahra Baker has been positively identified just a few days before what would have been her 11th birthday, ABC News reports.  Hickory, North Carolina Police Chief Tom Adkins announced during a press conference today that officials “have recovered enough physical evidence to believe (they) have found Zahra.”

The Baker family, comprised of Zahra, her father Adam and her stepmother Elisa, had been living in Caldwell County, N.C., where the disabled girl’s body was found.  According to ABC, “Zahra’s birth mother, Emily Dietrich, flew from her home in Wagga Wagga, Australia, on Thursday ahead of the announcement.”  (Dietrich relinquished custody of Zahra when she was a baby.)  Police say ”the remains were consistent with the child,” according to medical examiners on site.

Although Zahra was sadly not found alive, there is some relief at least that her remains have been recovered.  The next step, of course, is to determine who killed this poor girl.  Adkins said, “This case isn’t over and we won’t rest until we have all the information we need to bring the people to justice who hurt Zahra.”  If the jailhouse letters written by Elisa Baker are to be believed, Adam Baker, who is not currently in jail, may have had a hand in his daughter’s gruesome demise.

ABC News says, “The letters maintain neither Elisa Baker nor her husband killed Zahra, but that the father did something horrifying after the girl was dead.  The letters appear to shift any blame from Elisa Baker to her husband Adam Baker.”

Elisa Baker writes, “We really didn’t kill her, but what he did after the fact is kinda horrifying.  It makes me scared of him.  So I probably am gonna go ahead and file [for divorce].  I have lost my whole life anyway.”  Elisa Baker admitted to writing a phony ransom note before calling in a missing persons report, which she now claims her husband Adam wrote.  Elisa Baker has been accused of physically and mentally abusing her stepdaughter.

This is a horrifying story, and I’m truly not sure what to say, other than one can only hope Zahra’s soul is now at peace.

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0 thoughts on “Missing Girl Zahra Baker's Remains Identified

  1. NoGod says:

    Sad. Even if they did not murder her, they were still negligent if she was just simply found dead in her bed. Negligent because she had supposedly been sick. Whether cancer free now or not, you take any fever or illness a kid has presently who has had a history of cancer. Then to do something to her body afterwards to dispode of it, even worse. If your kid was magically found dead in their bed you would freak out, call 911, be heartbroken…not possibly dismember her body. There is not a God to let this happen to a kid!

  2. lillian robison says:

    CommentsYes we do have a God. OUR LORD will help her mother and all the great people who has been helping to find her. Iam so thankful her mother is here to be with Zahra. Now I can’t understand why we can’t take the money that it will cost to take who ever killed to court. They gave up all rights when they killed Zahra. Why not use it to help save other children that are in harms way. You know our goverment can do this.They can cut there wadges and put it in a trust for all the children. Yes ,DHR really let her down.Make a home for these littlechildren we do for those in other countries, why not here. Are we that heartless. I pray to God for all of our children to be safe. adam & elisa baker I really hope you burn in hell.

  3. Mark says:

    These dogs deserve to die….

  4. Val says:

    Comment If you want to believe that there is a god who wishes to be totally powerless over what happens here on earth, then so be it. I for one would rather believe that there is no god than to believe in such nonsense. Simply put, this child suffered more in her short lifetime than most people who got to live 5 times longer than she did. I only wish that somehow fate would have allowed her to have been MY daughter, for she would have gotten the love and caring that every child deserves. Now lets hope that her step mother and father get what’s coming to them.

  5. Eric says:

    These woman’s black eyes speak volumes.

  6. Damaris @Kitchen Corners says:

    seriously, this is my worst nightmare. This is why I just want to raise my kids in a big fat bubble. I wish it were that easy.

    Damaris Santos-Palmer

  7. SaraG says:

    The saddest part of this whole thing is that it shows the world how people still place judgment upon others (…and to all of your God proselytizers, remind yourself who the TRUE judge is) before their stories have come out, AND THEN insist on spouting off hateful, violent wishes of “burning in hell,” et al. Now, having said that, w don’t know what happened yet, though there is no doubt in my mind these two people are despicable if they have done what we all think they have done. Truth is stranger than fiction and it’s entirely possible they did not murder her, that she died from medical complications, BUT that they then did terrible terrible things, for which they should be punished to the full extent of the law. Until the truth comes out, reserve your judgment for yourself when you look in the mirror. Your dirty little secrets, and we all have them, keep you up at night too, and you know it. People like you are the type of persons that spit on homeless people and say “get a job,” when you don’t know that he/she might have a mental health disorder, no insurance to treat it, and is therefore unemployable. My point is, this is a horrifying story of a beautiful, precious life lost. And these stories bring out the worst of humanity as people get ugly with judgment, hate and violence before they know all the facts.

  8. Linda, the original one says:

    Yes, let’s all be more mindful of judging all those good parents among us who have dismembered their children’s dead bodies.

  9. anne S. frey says:

    I keep thinking of what that little girl endured with all of her disabilities and to have no one to stand up for her. There were people around her who stated she was only allowed out of her room to eat. Why didn’t they speak up? What about her school? It does take a village to raise a child. When parents are bad the village must help or the child suffers and ends up like this. Like the little bear cubs that perish when their mother is killed, so does a small child suffer if her mother is not there for various reasons. Rather than think everyone has a right to produce, we should be preaching responsible parenthood and give people plenty of opportunities to not become parents if they aren’t suited to it. Children are not commodities they deserve only the best we can give them.

  10. Andre Krueger says:

    Please Zahra, I am so sorry, rest in peace. we failed… Andre, Germany

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