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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.
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.