After a nearly monthlong search for a missing Hickory girl, police said Wednesday they have discovered a bone that might belong to Zahra Baker.
Search teams found the bone in Caldwell County where police have focused the investigation in recent days, but police wouldn’t say exactly where the discovery was made or describe the bone.
Authorities sent it to the N.C. Office of the Chief Medical Examiner for inspection. They said if the agency determines the bone might be Zahra’s, they will turn it over to the State Bureau of Investigation for lab tests.
Also Wednesday, searchers drained a pond near Christie Road in Caldwell County, where they recently found a prosthetic leg that belonged to Zahra. Clyde Deal, deputy chief for the Hickory Police Department, said police drained the pond because “we want to be thorough,” but it’s unclear whether anything was found.
The 10-year-old girl, who is hearing-impaired and had her left leg amputated due to bone cancer, has drawn worldwide attention since she was reported missing Oct. 9.