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HICKORY, NC (WBTV) - On Tuesday, the Hickory Police released the 911 call in which Zahra's father, Adam Baker, made right after he discovered his 10-year-old was missing, or possibly kidnapped.
In the nearly 5-minute phone call on Oct. 9, Baker talked about how a fire was set at his house the day before and he theorized that a group of kidnappers, who allegedly left a ransom note for his bosses' daughter, had instead taken Baker's daughter. (Click here to read a transcript and listen to the full 911 call)
Since the 911 call was made 11 days ago, police say Zahra Baker's stepmother has admitted to writing the ransom note that was found in a vehicle parked outside the family's home. She is charged with obstruction of justice and police are pursuing the case as a homicide investigation.
In the 911 call, Adam Baker, who laughs at one point, suggests that Zahra was taken during the melee when a fire was set in the back yard at his house, possibly by mysterious kidnappers who he repeatedly refers to.
"We checked in there last night about 2:30 a.m. and she was there," Baker says of Zahra, who had twice survived cancer, but suffered hearing loss and lost part of a leg in the battle against the disease.
"I don't know if they set a fire in the yard to distract us to go out and then they snuck in the door," he said going into details in a very calm manner.
When the 911 operator asked when Baker last saw Zahra -- since the call was 12 hours after someone last saw her -- he explained that he was used to not seeing her and laughed about the 10-year-old's "brooding."
"My daughter is, I think, coming into puberty, cause she is hitting that brooding stage (laughter) so we only see her when she comes out when she wants something, and that's about it," Baker said.
Baker goes on to briefly describe Zahra, and also tells the dispatcher that the "kidnappers" must have taken her prosthetic leg.