The stepmother of a missing 10-year-old girl is cooperating with investigators who are searching in rural North Carolina for the disabled child or evidence in her disappearance, police said Tuesday.
Elisa Baker, the stepmother of Zahra Clare Baker, and her lawyer are talking with investigators, said Maj. Clyde Deal, deputy police chief in Hickory, where the child was reported missing Oct. 9.
Police believe the girl is dead. She uses hearing aids and has a prosthetic leg because of bone cancer. Authorities in recent weeks have combed wooded areas and a landfill for evidence or her body.
Deal said Tuesday that Elisa Baker, 42, was taken earlier this week to a home where she once lived. But he declined to elaborate.
"We're working with her attorney to see what information she has and what she is willing to share. We're treating her like every other source of information," he said.