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Inside Zahra's house: Belongings removed, but damage is extensive

Toys on the floor of Zahra's closet. Toys on the floor of Zahra's closet.
A hole in the kitchen ceiling. A hole in the kitchen ceiling.
A hole in Zahra's bedroom floor. A hole in Zahra's bedroom floor.
Clothes in Zahra's closet. Clothes in Zahra's closet.
Part of a wall missing in Zahra's room. Part of a wall missing in Zahra's room.

HICKORY (WBTV) - Zahra Baker has been missing since Oct. 9, but when WBTV toured her home in Hickory on Friday, the 10-year-old girl's clothes were still hanging in her closet and a Candyland game was on the top shelf.

On Friday, those might have been the only two normal things in the house her family has since been evicted from. Over the weekend, Adam Baker, Zahra's father, moved everything out of the house, including Zahra's clothes and toys.

Elsewhere, the house was a mess: walls were punched through, entire sinks were missing and there were holes through the floor and ceiling. Outside, in the front yard, a small shrine to Zahra continues to grow.

Related: Zahra's real mother fears she's dead

Detectives have not just torn up the yard and combed through the house, they have dismantled large portions of the home while looking for evidence of her disappearance.

First reported as a missing-persons case, the search for Zahra soon took on homicide aspect when officials said no one had seen the girl for at least 2 weeks. Her stepmother, Elisa Baker, is in jail, charged with faking a ransom note in her disappearance.

Full Coverage: The Search for Zahra

In the 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom house, Friday WBTV saw that the entire bathroom sink and cabinets were gone. The kitchen sink was gone and there was a giant hole in the ceiling.

Elsewhere, there are also holes in several walls of the house where the Baker family lived starting in July of this year, having moved from a mobile home in Caldwell County.

The most stark contrast is in Zahra's pink bedroom where an entire section of the floor is gone – and the bare ground is visible just feet from her closet with toys and clothes.

In other rooms, some floorboards are pulled up and missing, but the sub-flooring was left in place.

 Also over the weekend, Adam Baker, moved  furniture out of a room that WBTV did not have access to.

Adam Baker at first talked to the media about his daughter's disappearance, but after spending a couple of nights in jail on unrelated charges, he has kept quiet.

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