Search warrant reveals new details in Zahra Baker case

Search warrant reveals new details in Zahra Baker case


by TONY BURBECK / NewsChannel 36
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Posted on October 11, 2010 at 6:36 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 20 at 12:06 PM

HICKORY, N.C. – Police investigating the disappearance of a 10-year-old girl from Hickory released a search warrant late Monday afternoon, revealing new details in the case.

Zahra Baker’s stepmother, Elisa Baker, says she last saw the girl around 2:30 a.m. Saturday.  Zahra’s father, Adam Baker says he last saw his daughter on Thursday.

Zahra was reported missing around 2 p.m. Saturday.

According to the search warrant, police were called to the Baker home early Saturday morning to investigate a mulch fire and gas poured inside an SUV. Officers found a ransom note on the SUV, written to a "Mr. Coffey," a man identified as Adam Baker's boss.

The ransom note demanded $1 million in exchange for the return of Coffey’s daughter.

Police checked on Coffey and his daughter, and both are fine.

Hours later, Adam Baker called police again, this time saying that whoever had started the early-morning fire and left the ransom note had taken his daughter, Zahra.

“We are questioning the validity of the note,” says Hickory Police Chief Tom Adkins. “We have no further demands from that note.”

The warrant also said that cadaver dogs had positive hits for the presence of human remains in the SUV and another car at the Baker’s house.

Charles Rotenberry, a friend of the family, called police after finding a glove in the bushes near the Baker’s backyard.

“It had a bad smell to it and there was just red goo all in it,” he says.

The search warrant says that some blood was recovered.

Monday morning, Adam Baker said it was possible that his wife, Zahra's stepmother Elisa Baker, could have been involved with Zahra's disappearance.

Elisa Baker is currently jail on charges unrelated to Zahra's disappearance. However, police say her story doesn't add up and that she isn't cooperating with their investigation.