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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The son of a woman who is in jail following the disappearance of her 10-year-old stepdaughter released a statement to the media late Wednesday afternoon.
In the statement, Douglas Proctor thanked the public for their support in searching for Zahra Claire Baker. Proctor said he could not comment further on the search for his stepsister or his mother, Elisa Baker. (We have posted Proctor's full statement below.)
Proctor's mother is currently being held in the Catawba County Jail on a felony obstruction charge and other misdemeanor offenses.
Elisa Baker was arrested Sunday on various unrelated misdemeanor charges after Zahra was reported missing Saturday afternoon. Police have called her a person of interest in the case.
Officials charged Elisa Baker with the felony obstruction of justice charge after finding a ransom note in a car outside the family's home in Hickory which demanded $1 million. Baker told police Monday night that she wrote the note.
On Tuesday, Hickory Police called off the AMBER alert for Zahra, but as of Thursday morning, they were still looking for the 10-year-old girl who is presumed to be dead.
Also on Tuesday, police said the case is now a homicide investigation.
Elisa Baker made her first court appearance on Wednesday and requested a court-appointed attorney.
As of Thursday morning, neither Zahra's father, Adam Baker, nor her stepmother had been charged with anything else concerning the case.
Elisa Baker's son released the following statement prior to a vigil that was held for the little girl Wednesday night.
I would first like to personally thank all those who have and are continuing to helping locate Zahra Baker and i ask that everyone continue to please support my family during this difficult time.
Due to the fact i am still gathering facts right now i am unable to make any comment on anything regarding Zahra Baker as well as my mother Elisa Baker. I would also like to ask that everyone please respect my families privacy during this difficult and stressful time.
Once all the facts have been gathered i will issue another statement but until then i will refrain from saying anything else. Once again please keep Zahra Baker in your prayers and thanks to everyone who is helping.