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Post by Guest on 12.10.10 11:48

Am putting this in the Mccann topic for now as it deals with the cadaver dogs.

Cadaver dogs detect remains in family's car in the case of missing disabled girl

Zahra Baker

by WHAS11 News
WHAS11.com
Posted on October 11, 2010 at 9:16 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Police are saying they have major developments in the disappearance of a missing 10-year-old disabled girl from North Carolina. A search warrant shows that police dogs have detected the smell of human remains in two cars at the girl’s home. Zahra Baker has been missing since the weekend, but police say they're not sure if anyone outside her home saw her in the last couple of weeks.
There are also reports a ransom note has been found inside the family’ SUV, which claimed the girl was kidnapped and the ransom of $1 million. However, police say they are questioning the note’s validity. The girl's stepmother, Elisa Baker, was arrested on unrelated charges over the weekend.
Zahra is partially deaf and has a prosthetic leg.


http://www.whas11.com/news/crimetracker/Big-104743654.html

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Post by Guest on 12.10.10 11:52

Another article on this story

Zahra Baker Case: Police Doubt $1M Ransom Note in Disabled Girl's Disappearance
Dad Said North Carolina Girl Last Seen by Mom on Saturday; Cops Looking for Anyone That's Seen Her in Last Month

27 comments By YUNJI DE NIES and LEE FERRAN
HICKORY, N.C., Oct. 11, 2010
Police revealed new twists in the investigation of missing 10-year-old Zahra Baker today, including the existence of a $1 million ransom note, positive dog alerts for human remains in cars belonging to both of her parents, and doubts about the parents' timeline dating back as far as a month.

The little girl who lost her hearing and her left leg in a childhood battle with cancer was reported missing from her Hickory, N.C., home Saturday afternoon.

Her stopmother, Elisa Baker, has been arrested on charges unrelated to the girl's disappearance.

Former neighbors of the Bakers in Sawmills, N.C., described a troubled relationship between Elisa and Zahra Baker, though they described Zahra as a "normal, happy 10-year-old" with good manners who played well with neighboring children.

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins appealed for anyone who has seen the little girl in the last month to step forward, saying that the parents' timeline of events had "inconsistencies." Because the girl was homeschooled, police said they're having trouble contacting anyone other than her parents who saw her recently.

"At this point in the investigation, we are having a very difficult time establishing a true timeline," Adkins said. "We are running out of time, folks. The longer this thing goes, the likelihood this outcome will not be positive. So we need help. ... This is going all over the place.

"We need teachers, we need doctors, we need store clerks. We need anyone that has seen this girl in the last week, in the last month, anything that they feel is important for us to know," he said.

Search warrants for the Bakers' two cars and home contained confounding details, including the discovery of a $1 million ransom note left on one of the family's two vehicles. The note, however, was not addressed to Zahra's parents, but to her father's boss, Mark David Coffey.

"Mr. Coffey, you like being in control who is in control now we have your daughter and your pot smoking red head son is next unless you do what is asked 1,000,000 unmarked will be in touch soon [sic]," read handwriting on the note, according to the warrant.

"No cops" was also written twice on the note.

Coffey reportedly owns the property on which the Bakers live and was present the day Zahra was reported missing.

The ransom note was discovered on the windshield of Baker's car by officers responding to a fire in the Baker's backyard about 5:30 a.m. However, it wasn't until 2 p.m. that Baker called police to report Zahra missing.

The father told police that someone had poured gasoline in his car during the night and left the ransom note, and that he believes his daughter was taken by whoever threatened Coffey.

Adkins said the police are "questioning the validity of that note" and have received no further demands.

The warrant also revealed that a search dog gave a "positive alert for the presence of human remains in or on both vehicles" belonging to Elisa and Adam Baker.

Investigators seized several items from the Baker home, including two gas cans, burn samples from the morning fire and drug paraphernalia, the warrant states. Two samples of "possible blood" were taken from one of the cars, according to a warrant.




http://abcnews.go.com/US/zahra-baker-search-ransom-note-lack-witnesses-strain/story?id=11848643&page=1

There is a video on this on above link with the father being interviewed, check it out very interesting.
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Post by Guest on 12.10.10 19:01

This case is so sad, apparently the girl had cancer.

Missing Disabled Girl Case Now a Homicide Probe

N.C. Police Shifting to Homicide Investigation in Case of Missing Cancer-Stricken 10-Year-Old with Prosthetic Leg

In this May 2010 photo shows Zahra Claire Baker, 10, waiting to get a hearing aid at an event at Charlotte Motor Speedway. (AP Photo/Independent Tribune)

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Investigators believe time is running out in the search for 10-year-old Zahra Baker who suffers from bone cancer. Whit Johnson reports.

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Relatives Desperate to Find Zahra

Maggie Rodriguez speaks with relatives of Zahra Baker, a ten-year-old girl from Hickory, N.C. that's gone missing.

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Stepmom Beat, Locked Up Missing Girl, Kin Say
Police Dogs Smell Remains at Missing Girl's Home
(CBS/AP) Police said Tuesday they are shifting to a homicide investigation in the case of a missing 10-year-old North Carolina girl whose bone cancer left her with a prosthetic leg and hearing aids.

Zahra Clare Baker was reported missing Saturday, but police said they can't find anyone outside the household who has seen the girl alive in a month. Relatives described the child's life as miserable, saying she was locked in her room for most of the day and was punished over little things.

Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said at a news conference that the girl's stepmother confessed to writing a ransom note found at the house where the girl lived, and she has been charged with felony obstruction of justice in the case. Elisa Baker, who was being held on unrelated charges, has also asked for an attorney.

Uncertainty over when the girl was last alive has stymied efforts to search for the girl, the chief said.

"We understand the public wants to help find Zahra. The problem is we cannot confirm with any confidence how long Zahra has been missing," he said at the news conference. "Without this information, we cannot positively select the area to search for her."

Adkins did not take any questions and did not offer further explanation of why the case was being treated as a homicide. A search warrant revealed on Monday that police dogs detected the smell of human remains on cars belonging to the father and stepmother.

The girl's father, Adam Baker, has not been charged in the case, though the chief said previously he hasn't been ruled as a suspect. Police say he's cooperating in the case.

Adam Baker has said it was possible his wife could be involved in the disappearance, and other relatives echoed those remarks.

"I just think this was something for a long time that we knew was going to happen, everybody that was close to the family," relative Brittany Bentley said on CBS' "Early Show" on Tuesday.

Stepmom Beat, Locked Up Missing Girl, Kin Say

Bentley, who is married to Elisa Baker's nephew, said she would have Zahra over for weekends and the girl would get mad when it was time to return home.

Zahra "was locked in her room, allowed five minutes out a day to eat, that was it," Bentley said. "She was beat almost every time I was over there for just the smallest things. Elisa would get mad, she would take it out on Zahra, things the kid didn't deserve. She just had a horrible home life."

Neighbors also feared the worst.

"There were warning signs along the way, but you never want to think the worst," said former neighbor Kayla Rotenberry.

Zahra was reported missing Saturday afternoon after a yard fire at the home. The stepmother said she last saw Zahra sleeping in her room about 12 hours earlier, though Adkins has indicated he doesn't believe the timeline the couple gave him.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2010/10/12/national/main6950497.shtml?tag=exclsv


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Post by Guest on 14.10.10 11:11

It seems that police dogs detected the smell of human remains on cars belonging to the father and stepmother...........



Police treating missing NC girl case as homicide

The Associated Press

Thursday, Oct. 14, 2010 | 12:07 a.m.

Investigators indicated Tuesday they believe someone killed a 10-year-old girl with disabilities who was reported missing over the weekend, and accused her stepmother of trying to throw off investigators with a fake ransom note.

Police said the search for Zahra Clare Baker has shifted to a homicide investigation, canceling a missing child alert for the shy but upbeat girl who used hearing aids and a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer.

The girl's stepmother, Elisa Baker, is the only person accused in the case so far. Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins said she was charged with felony obstruction of justice after admitting she wrote the note, which asked for $1 million.

Complaints filed in court by a relative and neighbor in recent months portray Elisa Baker as nasty-tempered and willing to use a gun or her fists to settle arguments.

"It was unreal. She didn't get along with anyone in the neighborhood," said former neighbor Karen Yount, who filed one of the complaints.

At a news conference, Adkins said police can't find anyone outside the household who has seen Zahra alive in the last month. That uncertainty has stymied efforts to search for her, despite offers from volunteers in the city of 40,000 about 50 miles northwest of Charlotte.

"We understand the public wants to help find Zahra. The problem is we cannot confirm with any confidence how long Zahra has been missing," he said. "Without this information, we cannot positively select the area to search for her."

Adkins did not take any questions or further explain why the case was being treated as a homicide probe. A search warrant revealed on Monday that police dogs detected the smell of human remains on cars belonging to the father and stepmother.

Adkins said Elisa Baker has asked for an attorney, but none had been assigned late Tuesday.

The girl's father, Adam Baker, has not been charged in the case, though the chief said previously he hasn't been ruled out as a suspect.

The ransom note found Saturday was the first sign that officers who came to investigate a yard fire at the girl's home were faced with something more sinister. Zahra was reported missing that afternoon. The stepmother said she last saw Zahra sleeping in her room about 12 hours earlier, though Adkins has indicated he doesn't believe the timeline the couple gave him.

Near the burnt limbs and grass, the note had been left on the windshield of the car belonging to Adam Baker.

It was addressed to Adam Baker's boss, though police quickly determined that man's family was safe. Now, they say the note was a fake altogether.

"Mr. Coffey, you like being in control now who is in control we have your daughter," a search warrant quoted the ransom note as saying.

Adam Baker has said it was possible his wife could be involved in the disappearance, and other relatives echoed those remarks.

"I just think this was something for a long time that we knew was going to happen, everybody that was close to the family," relative Brittany Bentley said on CBS' "Early Show" on Tuesday.

Bentley, who is married to Elisa Baker's nephew, said she would have Zahra over for weekends and the girl would get mad when it was time to return home. The girl was being home-schooled, but had attended public schools in the past, police said.

Zahra "was locked in her room, allowed five minutes out a day to eat, that was it," Bentley said. "She was beat almost every time I was over there for just the smallest things. Elisa would get mad, she would take it out on Zahra, things the kid didn't deserve."

Caldwell County Court records show that Bentley filed a complaint May 13 against Elisa Baker, claiming she threatened to kill her and her 7-month-old daughter in a dispute over money. She said Elisa Baker threatened them with a taser and a gun, and Bentley feared for their lives.

Ten days later, Yount said in her complaint that Elisa Baker made verbal threats against her child.

"She said my daughter and other girls were talking about her daughter. That wasn't true. She just started screaming and shouting and threatening to hit everybody," Yount said in an interview Tuesday.

She also said she saw Elisa Baker hit Zahra: "She was always beating her. I told her to stop but she wouldn't listen to anyone. That poor girl."

Other neighbors also feared for the girl's safety.

"There were warning signs along the way, but you never want to think the worst," said former neighbor Kayla Rotenberry.

Her fiance, Bobby Green, said an investigator from the Department of Social Services visited the Bakers' house a few months ago: "I saw him when he knocked on their door. He said they were looking into whether the girl was being beaten."

The agency didn't return a phone message Tuesday.

Adam Baker was from Australia, and met his current wife over the Internet, a family friend said. Zahra's mother lives outside the U.S.

http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2010/oct/14/police-treating-missing-nc-girl-case-as-homicide/
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Post by kangdang on 14.10.10 21:07

Aye, it's not looking for this little lass. Another case of parents faking a child's abduction. I wonder if the dogs will prove accurate?

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Post by Guest on 14.10.10 21:16

It seems the dogs alerted to the car, and now the police say they have also alerted to a pile of mulch and a wood chipper where the husband works at a tree-trimming company

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Also on Tuesday, more than two dozen law enforcement officers spent hours searching a Morganton property that reportedly belongs to Fred Causby, a foreman for Real Tree Services. The tree-trimming company stores heavy equipment and mulch on the property. According to the Hickory Daily Record, the company has employed Zahra's father for about the past six months.

Alvin Webb, a retired police officer who lives next door to the property, told AOL News today that he was asked by the local sheriff to observe the search.

"I went up there and stayed till 12 o'clock [this morning]," said Webb, a 30-year veteran of the Morganton Police Department. "I just sat there and watched [and] ... the [cadaver] dog hit on a pile of mulch and the wood chipper."

http://www.aolnews.com/crime/article/zahra-bakers-stepmother-elisa-baker-makes-first-court-appearance/19672889
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Post by Judge Mental on 15.10.10 0:20

May one assume that these parents do not have any connections with government agents, politicians and wealthy businessmen?

Is Branson offering 100k to help with legal fees?

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Post by Irish Eyes on 15.10.10 9:53

Judge Mental wrote:May one assume that these parents do not have any connections with government agents, politicians and wealthy businessmen?

Is Branson offering 100k to help with legal fees?


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Post by Judge Mental on 15.10.10 16:29

Irish Eyes wrote:
Judge Mental wrote:May one assume that these parents do not have any connections with government agents, politicians and wealthy businessmen?

Is Branson offering 100k to help with legal fees?



How would we know if the shy and philanthropical businessman Kennedy. has not already sent private detectives over? Or if as we write. he has become hands-on in this case too? Some shy, philanthropical businessmen do not like the limelight.

Bruce Springsteen has paid for many surgical operations and hospital treatments anonymously.

One would like to give a big hand to shy philanthropical businessmen all over the world. Especially when the people they are helping. were completely unknown to them beforehand. As was the case with Kennedy. We walk amongst Angels without a doubt.

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Post by aiyoyo on 15.10.10 16:46

candyfloss wrote:It seems the dogs alerted to the car, and now the police say they have also alerted to a pile of mulch and a wood chipper where the husband works at a tree-trimming company

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Also on Tuesday, more than two dozen law enforcement officers spent hours searching a Morganton property that reportedly belongs to Fred Causby, a foreman for Real Tree Services. The tree-trimming company stores heavy equipment and mulch on the property. According to the Hickory Daily Record, the company has employed Zahra's father for about the past six months.

Alvin Webb, a retired police officer who lives next door to the property, told AOL News today that he was asked by the local sheriff to observe the search.

"I went up there and stayed till 12 o'clock [this morning]," said Webb, a 30-year veteran of the Morganton Police Department. "I just sat there and watched [and] ... the [cadaver] dog hit on a pile of mulch and the wood chipper."

http://www.aolnews.com/crime/article/zahra-bakers-stepmother-elisa-baker-makes-first-court-appearance/19672889

Can anyone see the mccanns coming out and bleat on about the dogs' unreliability in this case?






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Post by Judge Mental on 15.10.10 17:53

If they do not, it will not be for the want of trying. big grin

One is quite confounded as to why thousands of prisoners are not having their cases reviewed due to the FSS findings in Madeleine's case.

One would have thought some flood-gates would have been opened.

Alas, only Kenneth Noye seems to have surfaced to date.
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Post by littlepixie on 15.10.10 18:09

I was reading the list of the quangos that are being got rid of and it seems the FSS is being kept as it is independent from the Goverment (if I read it correctly).
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Post by Judge Mental on 15.10.10 19:31

littlepixie wrote:I was reading the list of the quangos that are being got rid of and it seems the FSS is being kept as it is independent from the Goverment (if I read it correctly).

The FSS has about as much independence as a suckling pig.
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