As Zahra Baker’s biological mom flew to North Carolina on Thursday, investigators said they may have located a significant piece of evidence as the search for the missing 10-year-old girl entered its second month.
It was another day of twists in the story of the pretty 10-year-old girl whose smiling photos – and plight as a victim of bone cancer – have captured worldwide attention since she disappeared on Oct. 9.
In Australia, media reports had Emily Dietrich, the distraught birth mother who gave up Zahra as a baby, headed for the scene of the investigation. But Hickory police refused to confirm those reports, despite neighborhood talk that Dietrich was seen at Zahra’s house in the early-morning hours Thursday.
Police did announce that search teams in Caldwell County located evidence that “could be valuable” in prosecuting the case. A source close to the investigation told the Observer’s news partner, WCNC, that searchers had found human remains. But Major Clyde Deal of the Hickory police declined Thursday night to say what the new evidence is.
Also late Thursday, police confirmed that Zahra’s father, Adam Baker, was back at the Hickory Police Department.