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Zahra Baker Went Missing, But When?


In what is becoming an all too common occurrence, another little girl was reported missing on Saturday afternoon.  She is 10-year old Zahra Clare Baker.  What makes Zahra’s story unique is she is a cancer survivor, but the cancer claimed her lower left leg as well as impairing her hearing.

Elisa Baker claims Zahra was last seen sleeping in her bed at her home located in Hickory, NC at 2:30am.  Police were notified Zahra was missing at 2 pm Saturday, October 9, 2010.

Yup, that’s right, 12 hours later!  Now the story gets a little murky.  Adam, the dad says he last saw Zahra on Thursday because of his work schedule.  So, dad never peeks into Zahara’s room and both these losers assume the kid is just asleep and nobody checks on her?

Actually, we need to reverse gears here for a second.  Adam and Zahra are from Australia.  Zahra’s bio-mom, who resides in Australia has not had any contact with the little girl since she was 8-months old.

Adam and Elisa met on the internet and married about 2 years ago, then Adam and Zahra moved to the U.S.

Ok, back to Saturday.  Around 5 a.m. authorities responded to a mulch fire in the backyard.  Adam, for whatever twisted reason told authorities his vehicle had been doused with gasoline.  Why, with an active fire in your yard, would you suddenly stop to sniff your vehicle?  Wait, could it be because when police checked the vehicle the found…dun dun da…a ransom note addressed to Mr. Coffey – Adam’s boss who just happens to own the home at 21 21st Street?

Oh yeah, fire and all and still nobody checks on the ‘sleeping’ Zahra!

Ok, we have to reverse gears again!  Seems the Bakers have a tendency to move around.  They moved to the house in Hickory six weeks ago.

Ok, back to the ransom note – “Mr. Coffey, you like being in control now who is in control we have your daughter and your … son is next unless you do what is asked 1000000 ($1 million) unmarked will be in touch soon.”

“No cops” was also written on the note.

Cops checked on the Coffey family and they are all fine and said they are questioning the validity of the note.

Supposedly and I guess conveniently, the school district was informed that Zahra was being home schooled this year.  Police, FBI and U.S. Marshals are canvassing neighbors to find out when Zahra was last seen in order to establish some sort of timeline.

Several neighbors say they had never seen Zahra since the Bakers moved in about six weeks ago, and were surprised to learn a girl reportedly lived there.

“I never saw a sign of their daughter,” said next-door neighbor Charles Bost. He chatted regularly with Adam Baker over the fence separating their backyards, but he said Baker never mentioned having a daughter.

“I’ve been out in the backyard quite a bit, and I’ve never seen that little girl,” Bost said.

We now also know that cadaver dogs hit on decomposition in both family cars and it is possible some blood may have been found in one of the vehicles.

Police Chief Tom Adkins told reporters Monday afternoon. “The longer this thing goes, the likelihood [is] that this outcome will not be positive.”

New information is surfacing from relatives. Brittany Bently is married to Elisa’s nephew says, she believes Elisa played a role in Zahra’s disappearance.

Elisa had something to do with it. I just think this is something for a long time that we knew was going to happen.”

She claims “She was locked in her room, allowed five minutes to eat, that was it. She was beat almost every time I was over there for just — just the smallest things. Lisa would get mad and take it out on Zahra – things the kid didn’t deserve. She just had a horrible home life. One time I remember she had a black eye and she said it was from the door. But we all knew, suspected it was from Elisa.”

Elisa, who has not been cooperating with police was arrested Sunday on unrelated charges:

* Six counts of worthless checks in Catawba County

* Six counts of worthless checks in Caldwell County

* Failure to return rental property in Caldwell County

* Larceny by employee in Burke County

* Failure to appear on three counts of communicating threats in Caldwell County

* Failure to appear on charges of driving without a license and unsafe tires in Caldwell County

Seems the upstanding Adam faces many of the same types of charges, but because he has been cooperating, police have not yet filed the charges.

My gut feeling is Zahra went missing long before Saturday and I do not, in my heart-of-hearts, believe little Zahra is still alive, but I hope and pray I am so wrong!

Anyone with information about Zahra’s whereabouts is asked to call the Hickory Police Department at 828-328-5551 or call 911.

I just received the following heads-up:

Police announced on Tuesday morning that they will hold a media briefing at 11:30 am on Tuesday to talk more about the case. WBTV.com will have live video of this press conference.

Charlotte Observer

Charlotte News

Hickory Record



  1. Ritanita
    10/12/2010 at 11:48 am

    I watched the brief presser and now we have a murder investigation. Zahra has been missing for a long time… I agree with that.

    This is an evil family. Watch the video on the right. Dad’s far from an angel himself. Neither of them cared about that lovely child. Calls to Child Welfare didn’t help… I’m devastated.


  2. Ritanita
    10/12/2010 at 11:52 am

    Also at the link above:

    “Hickory Chief of Police Tom Adkins addressed the media Tuesday morning. He said the girl’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, admitted to writing the ransom note. HPD has obtained a warrant for felony obstructin of justice.”

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